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18 Aug 2017 13:53:35
Shaw and Young both fit for the U23's on Monday.

Really hope they both come through an hour or so and shaw really kicks on this season.

he would be a massive plus if he can get back to top form.


1.) 18 Aug 2017 14:19:27
Also no fourth signing by the sounds of it.

2.) 18 Aug 2017 14:33:43
Great news 2 more to the squad 😁.

3.) 18 Aug 2017 18:34:36
There's rumours both will be sold if decent offers come in and we can buy a replacement in time. Rushing them back before transfer window shuts is quite suspicious. Then again there's also rumours Shaw will sign a new deal. We'll see.

4.) 18 Aug 2017 21:38:28
Have a feeling everything might have clicked in shaws head. if he gets his head down and works hard he can still be the real deal. He is still a young player and I think mourinho could be the man to make him realise what he needs to do. it worked with miki hopefully it works with shaw.

5.) 19 Aug 2017 09:44:14
Apparently Shaw is on the verge of signing a new contract. Any Eds shed any light on this?



10 Aug 2017 16:14:10
TFM loan confirmed.

All the very best to the lad.

Lets hope he plays week in, week out and gets some valuable experience.

Looks like he will play right side of back 3.


1.) 10 Aug 2017 16:18:57
Personally hope he's not going there to play that role, valuable premier league experience will do him the world of good but ideally you want him occupying a position where he could play for us in the future.

2.) 10 Aug 2017 17:25:43
1980, I don't think we're in a position to tell the loan club where he should be played. Palace are overstocked in defensive positions so if TFM manages to make any position his own then fair play to him. I hope he does nail down a position, whatever it be, and gain valuable PL minutes.

3.) 10 Aug 2017 17:41:24
Maybe a CM partnership with our own starlet Loftus-Cheek? :-) TFM being the more defensive one, while RLC is his more refined attacking partner.

4.) 10 Aug 2017 19:12:17
Since his debut TFM has always looked good in CB position. At right back he makes mistakes, not suited for that position. If he plays for Palace at CB and shines then he can be a long term asset for United.

5.) 10 Aug 2017 23:16:41
Bang on sailor.

6.) 11 Aug 2017 16:22:16
Think it's a bit harsh to dismiss any future at right back. He's young and very good bringing the ball forward. Let's not forget the performance he put in against spurs last year. As soon as he went off, spurs banged 3 goals against us.



24 Mar 2017 14:08:25
The Football Association announced at 13:00 GMT today (Friday) that Chris Smalling has returned to United from the England camp due to injury. The Reds centre-back follows his club colleague Phil Jones in having his international stint cut short and he'll be replaced in the squad by Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson.

So Smalling Injures Jones and then gets himself injured. GREAT

Back to a flat back 4 then with Rojo and Bailey.


1.) 24 Mar 2017 18:10:49
Thats typical! Funnily enough though a CB partnership of Rojo and Bailly is something I've wanted to see for a while, let's hope they stay fit and do well.

2.) 24 Mar 2017 18:23:39
I agree HoneyBadger, also means the defence can push further up, especially if Shaw plays at lb as well.

3.) 24 Mar 2017 19:47:42
They could always go for a back 3 and drop Carrick in between Bailly and Rome.

4.) 24 Mar 2017 22:08:01
Why has everyone forgot about blind he can play as part of a 3 he's brilliant on the ball be the spare central one!

5.) 24 Mar 2017 22:37:03
Statezz blind would make the ideal sweeper behind bailly and rojo. He can pass short or long and can carry the ball out comfortably. It could also see Shaw come in which all of us would like to see.



23 Mar 2017 16:20:56
Ed02. I know that prior to the January transfer window you mentioned that we were interested in Jose Gimenez. Do you happen to know if there has been any movement on a potential deal.

Many thanks as always.


{Ed002's Note - He was first choice but he won't be moving to MU - everyone has moved on.}

1.) 23 Mar 2017 17:03:56
Hi ed02.

many thanks for your update as always.

I remember you saying that he was first choice and there are fresh reports today so just wondered. Guess it is old news being recyled.

have a good evening.

2.) 23 Mar 2017 20:57:28
Hi Ed002,

Thanks for above info. Are United still looking for a defender and, if so, is Lindelof still the preferred choice for the summer? Many thanks as always!

{Ed002's Note - Not now.}

3.) 24 Mar 2017 07:31:58
Thanks Ed! Can't wait for the next Sharkopod to find out who the new targets are!



31 Jan 2017 14:00:53
ed002. How are you today? I know that in your sharkopod you mentioned our interest in Nelson Semedo and that any deal would more than likely be in the summer. There are some reports today suggesting that a deal for the summer has now been agreed. Do you happen to know if there has been any talks with Benfica regarding Nelson Semedo and if anything in principle has been agreed.
many thanks


{Ed002's Note - Benfica has discussed Semedo with both Manchester United and Chelsea and a move in the summer remains on the cards - but neither has an agreement in place right now OD.}

1.) 31 Jan 2017 14:24:53
hi Ed002. Many thanks for getting back to me. We will have to see what happens in the summer then. Have a good day

{Ed002's Note - Enjoy, have a great day.}




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14 Apr 2018 18:52:02
Massive WELL DONE to the U18's

Lets hope we can go on and beat Chelsea now.

come on lads.




18 Nov 2017 16:56:08
Very attacking lineup today and no miki in the squad.

Lets see how they play.

Hoping we destroy them.


1.) 18 Nov 2017 17:47:59
A win will do. We won't destroy them.

2.) 18 Nov 2017 19:36:58
We pretty much did.

3.) 18 Nov 2017 22:57:24
Jose got it right today. Good win.



16 Nov 2017 13:32:03
Marcos Rojo played a half for the U23 so hopefully we will see him back soon.




26 Sep 2017 14:45:06
good afternoon chaps.

so NO, Pogba, fellaini, carrick or Jones tomorrow.

who do you think gets the nod to partner Baily and is it a straight forward decision to bring in herrera?


1.) 26 Sep 2017 15:08:05
Anyone saw the tackle from long that injured fellaini? Imagine if fellaini had made such a tackle.

2.) 26 Sep 2017 15:56:09
Lindelof or smalling. Herrera, matic and miki in midfield.

3.) 26 Sep 2017 18:36:37
i am wondering whether we might see lindelof play in a midfield position.

4.) 26 Sep 2017 19:09:54
IM7, I'd be amazed if we see that, he may start at CB or FB, Jose will stay slid on the middle and it will be interesting to see how attack minded he is up front. We have enough options.

5.) 26 Sep 2017 19:11:09
I doubt that im7.

6.) 26 Sep 2017 23:33:02
Why would that ever happen?

7.) 27 Sep 2017 13:39:52
What are the chances of calling back pereira?

8.) 27 Sep 2017 14:04:14
Jbennett, please tell me you are being sarcastic, we have more than enough options before we panic.



19 Sep 2017 15:02:17
Ed01. You are normally on the ball with these type of situations.
I am just reading a piece on Huddersfield and the fact they have downgraded their Academy from a Category 2 to a Category 4 as a cost saving exercise and as such are only retaining the U23 and U18 squads.
What do you make of this situation in the short and long term for both the club and football in general if this were to happen to other clubs.
And the Man U related piece - The report claims that four players namely, Raj Mahmood, Rocco Fragapane, Harvey Rowe and Sam Murray are at Carrington at the moment as United take a closer look with a view of potentially signing them for their youth setup.
Do you happen to know anything about any of these players please?


{Ed001's Note - there are a number of clubs who have already done the same, Huddersfield are following a model from them that has shown signs of success at this early stage. The academies are pretty much a waste of time for any club that is unable to go with a Cat A to be honest. What Huddersfield are doing might not be the answer, but they need to try something else. Something has to change because youth development in English football is a mess and the current model just hasn't worked.
I know very little about the 4 sorry. I could ask a couple of United's youth scouts if they have any info, but I don't think they are in their age group so they might not know anything about them.}

1.) 19 Sep 2017 23:27:50
Ed haven't England just had there most successful summer for the junior teams, so surely something is working.

{Ed001's Note - you are missing the point, it is working for the teams with the money to flood into the academy. For little clubs like Huddersfield, with very little money, it is failing badly. As for the most successful summer, winning trophies is not the aim of a youth academy or youth teams, it is producing players for the first team. There are still very few players coming through, the league is still flooded with imports at all levels. So it clearly is not working or the academy products would be flooding the market by now in place of the imports.}

2.) 20 Sep 2017 12:19:50
Youth football in England is an interesting one. I think the whole system needs a total overhaul. It's not working and it hasn't worked for years.

The FA should be the people to sort this out. Maybe the best solution would be to remove the expectancy/ burden of youth football from professional clubs. They have neglected it for years and clearly it shouldn't be in their hands.

Could we see the FA run all youth football, set up a local club system within the county system. That way talented lads wouldn't be forced to move away from home to get to a top academy as a child. The FA could be in charge of training all youth players then we could have a draft system in place. If you had that operate in January instead of a January transfer window then it would give those kids half a season to prove themselves before the clubs had a chance to buy in replacements.

You then replace the homegrown rule with a draft rule instead. Start off with 3 of your 25 man squad have to be drafted players, then increase that year on year until you got to say 7 or 8 have to be draft picks.

With the amount of money in English football due to TV money ect the FA could easily redistribute the money so there is plenty there for youth development.

{Ed001's Note - or go the whole hog and have a school/college system like in the US?}

3.) 20 Sep 2017 23:28:43
That would only work if the FA were to financially incentivise the schools. State school budgets are so far stretched they couldn't afford to offer a professionally qualified specialist football coach. So there would still have to be a heavy amount of funding from the FA to make that work. Plus you would have the issue in England of whether a school being incentivise to coach kids football was in the children's best interest and how ethical that is. Personally I think it would be a massive minefield and the results would take too long to come to fruition, which means you probably wouldn't be able to defend the process adequately until 10 years down the line and you started to see high quality youth players come through. The naysayers would have had the system scraped long before then.

The issue with involving schools is you then become answerable to parents, teachers, school governors, the education authority and the government. All who have vested interests that aren't to do with bring quality footballers through.

That's why I think keeping it separate from schools would be for the best. Maybe if you had a system that worked and was proven to work over a long period of time you could then integrate it with the school system. But the education system in this country is in no place to try and go for something like this at the moment.

You can have county championships, and FA funded youth academies competing in it. Right up until they get drafted by professional clubs. You can then set up a scholarship type set up for those who don't make the cut to go to University if they wish.




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09 Jan 2018 17:19:11

A substitute player who has not been fielded is entitled to play for another club competing in the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League in the course of the same season.




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03 Oct 2017 18:52:33
Has he played for Arsenal in europe this season. I didn't think so which means he would be able to play for us if we did sign him.




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12 Sep 2017 19:02:04
One reporter started a story about him not arriving with the other players and it escalated from there. A New Ed has joined the ranks and he posted a piece about how stories are made up for click bate interesting read.




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26 Aug 2017 16:33:44
Thanks for the update ed02. Have a good weekend.


{Ed002's Note - And you.}



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26 Aug 2017 15:48:31
Ed002 i know you mentioned we were also interested. Did we drop our interest and if so do you happen to know why.


{Ed002's Note - He was sold on the Spurs project and wanted to move there.}




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18 Apr 2018 12:14:48
ed02 - many thanks for your update. Would the plan consist of keeping JM for the 5 years as well as him leaving during this period.


{Ed002's Note - There is little point in going in to detail at this time.}



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17 Apr 2018 22:55:35
ed02 - as you have mentioned JM does not really want to be here, but he is.

Do you happen to know if the club have a 5 year plan still in place, even if that is extending JM's contract.

Allegri would have been a great choice and still would be but if that boat has now sailed then so be it.

Also if you don't mind what transfers were in place which had to be scrapped when VG got the boot?



{Ed002's Note - The club has a five year plan, as they are responsible to the finincially to maintain one. It covers any planned major changes and the finances with predicted income, including whether the clubs plans for CL every season or not, etc..}



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18 Mar 2018 16:18:33
Thanks for the answer ed01. Of that 3 who would you like to see in charge of this squad and why?


{Ed001's Note - who would I like to see in charge? Mike Bassett, I mean the man is THE legend!

Seriously, if I was picking one looking at it as I was involved in the process as a director and was making a recommendation it would be Jardim. All three have their pros and cons, but Jardim has experience of winning the league, he plays exciting, attractive, attacking football and is very good at developing young players. United's strength has always been an ability to integrate players from the academy and win trophies with them in the team. Jardim would be the man most likely to continue that tradition.}



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23 Jan 2018 12:14:42
ED02 has mentioned that SMS is one of the CM's that we are looking at, but he has a lot of clubs looking at him at the minute. I can't see Lazio selling in Jan so this will be one for the summer but if we could get him that would be a massive signing.




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19 Jan 2018 10:52:47
Shan your TV is up-side-down. Turn it over my man.