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17 Jul 2019 13:05:33
Reports saying that Neymar has offered himself to Juve, Man Utd, Bayern and Real Madrid.
I would love it if there were no takers!


1.) 17 Jul 2019 13:21:24
Seems like a negotiation tool to push the Barcelona sale on in my opinion, as good a player he is we don't need another diva in the changing room Lingard and Pogba are more enough in itself! and who's to say we don't break the bank on him for him to repeat the same he's done with PSG, let's get Maguire, Bruno and Milinkovic-Savic over the line!

2.) 17 Jul 2019 14:15:29
Maguire, Bruno and Savic sounds right to me!

3.) 17 Jul 2019 14:18:01
I wouldn't be surprised to see him have a season away from PSG on loan .

4.) 17 Jul 2019 14:23:20
I agree Harry.

5.) 17 Jul 2019 14:52:28
By “I’d love it if there were no takers” I mean no one shows any interest us included.

He is the last player I would want at United.

6.) 17 Jul 2019 16:40:59
Such a shame. Loads of ability horrible attitude horrible entourage and just a jerk.

7.) 17 Jul 2019 16:52:05
2 words I have to say to Near

1 begins with 'F' the other is 'off'

Poison. wouldn't take the Shyster on a free.

Someone needs to bring him down a peg or 2.

Do other Ballon D'Or winners act like this.

Ronaldo, Messi, would they act in this manner.

The guy is simply a man child.

8.) 17 Jul 2019 16:54:26
Couldn’t agree more Ken.

9.) 17 Jul 2019 17:54:30
I don't even think he's really that talented. Everytime I watch one if his games he's too busy rolling around. When did you last see him actually use his talent. Also both messi and Ronaldo can be petulant as well. Just neymar goes the next level.

10.) 17 Jul 2019 19:45:46
Neymar isn't suited to the Premier league, best he goes back to Spain.



21 Jun 2019 07:33:50
For those of you calling for United to bring in James Maddison, Football consultant (whatever that is) Ian McGarry, has reported that James Maddison has instructed his agent to set up a face to face meeting with OGS.

Could be interesting.


1.) 21 Jun 2019 07:58:17
Could be bs.
Many journos use United for getting visibility.
If it is true, JM would be a fantastic signing.

2.) 21 Jun 2019 09:25:07
He would need permission to do this otherwise it’s tapping up? Ed002, is that right?

{Ed002's Note - Yes, without the permission of Leicester City that is tapping up.}

3.) 21 Jun 2019 11:28:02
Is there actual interest, i'd presume he'd cost 70m+ in this this market.

4.) 21 Jun 2019 11:50:48
Maddison would be very high on my wanted list. Would love to see us sign him.

5.) 22 Jun 2019 08:06:10
In that case would he same apply to Pogba-Juventus if the report is true that Pogba has been in contact with Sarri?

{Ed002's Note - The club cannot meet and negotiate directly with the player.}

6.) 23 Jun 2019 12:43:05
If anything he s tapping us up.



21 Jun 2019 01:43:17
It is now being reported that three clubs are currently bidding for Ndombele. Spurs, Juventus and United.


1.) 21 Jun 2019 11:08:57
Reports saying we have agreed personal terms with him as have Juventus but that we are some way below the asking price.



09 Jun 2019 02:43:43
Sky (I know) reporting a bid has gone in for AWB no figure quoted though, just substantial. Watch this space.


1.) 09 Jun 2019 05:48:55
Sky make things up all the time, they are just trying to generate clicks and interest. Their deadline day shows have become embarrassing, they build them up into being ‘the most dramatic day ever’ and they are always a compete flop. They also have their own betting site which is dodgy. Creae a rumour and then watch the money go on it.

2.) 09 Jun 2019 10:31:43
Fair comment AJH, I guess we’ll have to wait and see if there is anything to it.

3.) 09 Jun 2019 10:42:21
Sky Sources, means we read it in the metro.

4.) 09 Jun 2019 12:20:19
Love this to be true but I don’t see us paying over £50m for a fullback.

5.) 09 Jun 2019 12:32:49
IDK about the fee but the player yes, he is exactly what we need. We need him and a very good center back and i think the defense will be sorted out, after that Ole or whoever is calling the shots can concentrate on balancing the midfield out. A right winger should be a priority.

6.) 09 Jun 2019 15:12:06
As much as I think we will eventually sign him, I wouldn't believe any outlet that has as much influence over a betting market as Sly Sports.

7.) 09 Jun 2019 16:28:34
£40m bid gone in.

8.) 09 Jun 2019 16:44:41
Is wan bissaka really that good of a player? I know the market is inflated so I won't get into money. But do you guys think he would be an upgrade on Valencia. From what I've seem he seems good in defense but doesn't really contribute much going forward. He takes the ball forward like Valencia used to do but there is no end product just like Valencia. His crosses aren't that good and passing is also average.
Maybe you guys have seen much more of him at Palace so please let me know what you guys think of him.

{Ed004's Note - He is a brilliant player. Outstanding defensively and has the most successful dribbles of any fullback in the league. Hudgson doesnt seem to give the fullbacks much freedom to get forward but he got a couple of nice assists last season. I think he would be a cracking signing}

9.) 09 Jun 2019 17:27:34
I agree with Ed's assessment of Wan-Bissaka. He has been really good defensively, arguably the best fb in the league defensively. And I don't think his offensive game can be questioned too much because as Ed4 stated, Palace aren't the most attacking team and Even if AWB was given the freedom to attack, he would be crossing towards Benteke, the most immobile forward in the league. He would produce better results crossing at a Lamppost than Benteke.

Even then for me personally, if we sign AWB and he turns into one of the best fb defensively but is only "average" in attack, I would gladly take it.

{Ed004's Note - I would argue he is the best fullback defensively. Only fullbacks I would have over him are Robertson and Trent due to their attacking threats.}

10.) 09 Jun 2019 18:32:03
Slight tangent but for those that have seen Palace would Zaha be a good option to develop. Both would be used to playing with each other. Not seen enough to judge and also there is the never go back rule!



03 Jun 2019 13:42:22
Manchester United are said to be offered a choice of five Real Madrid players for Paul Pogba.
So supposedly Madrid's plan to secure Pogba is a money plus player deal. They are said to be prepared to offer Bale, James Rodriguez, Theo Hernandez, Keylor Navas or Isco. Sounds like Journo talk or RM fishing.
In reality Hernandez is the only one that would interest me but we already have Shaw. I also doubt RM would give Hernandez and say 80M for Pogba, so it's a no for me.


1.) 03 Jun 2019 14:46:59
i wouldn't touch any of these with a stick.

we don't need other teams rejects.

2.) 03 Jun 2019 14:53:40
Wouldn't take any of them. Why should we help them out by taking their castoffs' off the wage bill.

3.) 03 Jun 2019 15:02:35
I don't think we should be agreeing to any of that. They want pogba they should pay up 180mn sounds a nice number. Should fund our rb, mf and cb additions. Make the Spanish persons pay through the nose, if not then there always is the fax machine.

4.) 03 Jun 2019 15:03:48
Hopefully Woodward, Judge and Co. Think the same.

5.) 03 Jun 2019 15:32:46
id take isco in a heartbeat.

6.) 03 Jun 2019 16:10:58
Would isco want to come though it it would quickly become di Maria part two.

7.) 03 Jun 2019 16:14:39
I’d snap their hand off for Isco.

8.) 03 Jun 2019 16:25:17
Yeah, Isco would walk into our midfield but doesn't sound like a plausible deal to be made.

9.) 03 Jun 2019 17:36:40
The reality is we want rid of Pogba. Anything we get over £100m is a bonus far as I'm concerned.

10.) 03 Jun 2019 17:36:14
On isco, don't we already have enough players who are not productive in the final third. Why add another?

No thanks to amy real madrid cast offs unless they want to include varane.

11.) 03 Jun 2019 18:14:46
Rumours of us offering 60 mil for Madison. This club has gone daft. it used to be players begging to join this great club . Now we have to pay inflated prices for mediocre players.
This club needs a total overhaul from top to bottom. I'm afraid it will be another season of under achievement because the soul has been ripped from the heart of mufc.

12.) 03 Jun 2019 18:49:38
Rock the red, you might want to watch some football other than United matches. Maddison has been one of the best creative midfielders in the EPL this season. He has created more chances for his teammates than Hazard, De Bruyne, both Silva's, Eriksen, Salah, Mane and Hueng Min-Son. So hardly mediocre. He would be an excellent signing even at 80m. Hell we paid 90m for Lukaku, and he has more potential to be a success at our club than Lukaku. So 60m would be a snip in today's market.

13.) 03 Jun 2019 18:51:02
We would not get more than £90m for Pogba. If we get that then we should take it.

14.) 03 Jun 2019 19:18:47
Rock the red, Utd regularly pay a premium for good players so that is nothing new, it’s been the case for years.
The scouting and recruitment side needs to be so that Utd buy young players who are on the cusp of making it that we then develop into what we need.

Cinderella, Pogba is a World Cup winner and the top clubs in Europe ie Real Madrid and Juventus want to acquire his services. So he is worth every bit of the £90M and probably a bit more.

15.) 03 Jun 2019 19:36:03
I’d take Maddison in a heartbeat, already one of the best for his age and will only get better.

16.) 03 Jun 2019 19:51:42
Snappy . I'm a Man Utd fan, why would I take any interest in other teams, Unless they were playing us of course. And probably beating us in the process.

17.) 03 Jun 2019 20:11:35
Rock the red, it gives you some perspective for one thing. Plus you get to see good players and gain a better understanding of the game.

But each to their own. Out of interest if you never watch football other than United then how do you come up with an opinion about players our club is linked with?

18.) 03 Jun 2019 21:54:39
Shappy, I know you love a stat but where do you get them from?

The only stats I can find suggest that David Silva, Hazard and Salah all created more 'big chances' than Madison last season.

It's neither here nor there really but you often quote stats that are, shall we say questionable, though they do conveniently back up a point you are trying to make.

19.) 04 Jun 2019 01:26:11
Maddison was in the top 3 in Europe for chances created this season.

20.) 04 Jun 2019 06:59:20
I too read that Maddison has created the most number of chances by a midfielder this season.
He has good technique, good set piece delivery and battles hard for the team.
Add to that, he is a United fan.

21.) 04 Jun 2019 07:30:01
What counts as a 'chance' though, and how is that interpreted. Chances? , 'big chances'? - surely down to interpretation.

Lies, damned lies and statistics again.

Should also make the point that I am questioning the 'stats' - not Maddison as I agree he is a decent player.

22.) 04 Jun 2019 10:23:05
Betty, the statistic is pulled from his "key pass" statistic. Which is described as a pass that places the recipient of the pass in a goal scoring position.

Which is a better measure of the creativity of a player than assists as it doesn't rely on the recipient of the pass to actually score. However, as with all individual stats in a team game there are mitigating circumstances to every statistic. In this case it dozen't rely on a goal being scored by another player, yet it still relies on other players making runs and moving into goal scoring positions for the player to make the pass to.

Maddison has averaged 2.8 key passes this season.

Hazard made 2.6
David Silva made 2.2
Eriksen made 2.1
Bernardo Silva made 2.0
Sigurdson made 1.9
Sterling made 1.9
Salah made 1.8
Sane made 1.3
Mane made 1.3
Son made 1.1
Alli made 1.1

Outside the EPL Messi made 2.7 which means Maddison made more key passes than Messi.

Obviously key passes aren't everything, consider that Trent Alexander-Arnold has 12 assists from an average of 1.7 key passes, and Robertson has 11 assists from an average of 1.4 key passes. Whereas James Maddison only has 7 assists from his average of 2.8 key passes per game. Which means out of the 98 goal scoring chances Maddison created only 7 ended up in the back of the net.

Now was that because the players he was presenting chances to are poor finishers? That would explain why the Liverpool full back have more assists from less chances created as the Liverpool forwards have been very clinical this season. Or is it a case of not all chances being equal? Some chances are decent chances others are gilt edge chances?

In the end statistics only tell a part of the story, which is why clubs spend fortunes sending scouts out to games rather than relying on a players statistical output. Stats suggest traits, but you need context to get the full picture.




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15 Jul 2019 11:48:24
- Manchester City have been cleared to travel to China after answering the question "sorry but you're Manchester Who? "




11 Jun 2019 23:54:37
Is de Ligt turning into the new Grieseman?
"After the Nations League I will decide which club I will move to. "
Now, "It has been a long season, I will go on holiday and then make my decision. "
Dragging it out.
Of course he has the right to take his time but don't say one thing and then do something different.


1.) 12 Jun 2019 07:51:56
I was feeling the same. He is extremely talented fella but i think he is getting carried away by the hype he is getting. He is enjoying it and is teasing the clubs. I feel we need someone down to earth kinda guy if any. Dias seems to be better option for me. Talented and hardworking.

2.) 12 Jun 2019 09:00:11
He isn't joining us so it shouldn’t really matter.

3.) 12 Jun 2019 09:05:49
We were used again to get a player a raise. United were approached to make an offer for the player, who has zero interest in coming to us. I hope Ed isn't getting sidetracked with De Ligt flashing his thigh to everyone. There are a lot of quality centre backs who would improve us. Hopefully we are chasing more realistic targets.

4.) 12 Jun 2019 08:34:06
It’s annoying, but at least he hasn’t made a film about it.

5.) 12 Jun 2019 11:24:31
Dias is an excellent player. But his wife is a famous celebrity in Portugal. They are the Beckhams of Portugal, so while i love Manchester, and think it's God's own city, i don't think Dias and his family will be uprooting to come to Manchester. Madrid or London might be his preferred choice if he leaves Portugal.

6.) 12 Jun 2019 11:25:09
Clever agent.

7.) 12 Jun 2019 14:23:29
Or maybe he knows his next move is the big one for him and he wants time and space to think over all the options. Just like any of us would if we had multiple job opportunities.



08 Jun 2019 12:46:32
Ed002 list worries me a little too.
For our stated preference for young British talent there is only 8 (AWB, Aaron's, Maguire, Rice, Longstaff, Sancho, James, Sessegnon) out of 47! that we are said to be interested in.
per Ed's comments I think we are only likely to land AWB, and James.
If spurs are balking at paying £25m for Sessegnon we should be showing interest.
Perhaps we should be widening the net?


{Ed002's Note - There is no "Spurs are balking at paying £25M".}

1.) 08 Jun 2019 12:58:58
Hi Ed002. I didn’t mean in your information, but it is being reported elsewhere that Spurs are balking at the asking price. I know this is likely just paper talk, that’s why I said If they are.

Cheers Ed.

{Ed002's Note - There is no £25M asking price - someone is teasing you Mike.}

2.) 08 Jun 2019 13:38:08
How is 8 a bad number, we are talking about england here not someone like france.

3.) 08 Jun 2019 14:42:15
But you there is a difference about those "8 British players" Mike. There isn't as much a competition for there signature from other European clubs. Also the number of genuinely top class British talent isn't that high and even then 8 out of 47 is decent when you factor in that other 39 players come from around the world.

4.) 08 Jun 2019 14:13:24
CSM by that I mean we are said to be focusing on British talent. Yet out of 47 players we are ‘showing interest in’ only 8 of those are British. I would have expected the ratio to be higher if that’s our focus, wouldn’t you?

Thanks Ed must be just papertalk then.

5.) 08 Jun 2019 16:24:53
Perth. The better quality players are foreign, there aren’t many world class British players so it’s not surprising and nothing new.

6.) 08 Jun 2019 17:18:19
why would it be higher, there is only so much talent in britain. There is a reason why they are such an average international side with 1 atmost 2 worldclass players.

7.) 08 Jun 2019 19:25:43

I think you’ve believed something you’ve read that isn’t true mate, take everything in the papers and on twitter with a pinch of salt, it will make you feel better I assure you. We are looking at some young English players, 8 seems more than enough to me, do you want us to just sign 15 English players and no foreign players or something?



02 Jun 2019 14:48:22
Not the first time this has happened but numerous reports suggesting United have won the bidding war for Rabiot
How would people feel about adding the Frenchman to our midfield?


1.) 02 Jun 2019 15:12:41
Not the best piece of business, he is a pain to manage by all accounts, ability wise a pretty decent replacement for hererra but do we need another problem child in the squad.

2.) 02 Jun 2019 15:12:56
I like him. Think he’s a very good player and an upgrade on Herrera. Obviously there is chat about his attitude and baggage, but I do think PSG have treated him terribly and have sidelined him. Personally, I would be pleased with him joining.

3.) 02 Jun 2019 15:43:24
In footballing perspective, he was a top prospect an year ago.
If he can find that level, he would immediately improve our midfield.

4.) 02 Jun 2019 15:46:00
Can pass the ball forwards and his second touch isn't a tackle. Therefore he is an upgrade on all our midfielders apart from pogba.

5.) 02 Jun 2019 15:50:47
Hmm tough one. Talent wise he is a great player, he is also a hard worker.

There has been recent reports about his attitude, although this has come out during his spat with PSG who themselves have acted appallingly. There isn't any prior reports of him having a bad attitude.

Supposedly his mum is a pain to deal with and was the reason for his move to Barcelona falling through. However, there have been reports that since then he has removed his mum as his agent which could smooth things when attempting to sign him.

I would be prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt over the recent poor attitude reports. He could be a relatively cheap option who would offer huge upside if he came.

He has the best qualities of Matic and Herrera with the added ability of being really good playmaker. Mobile, hard working, defensively astute and able to control/ dictate play.

Let's see what happens.

{Ed004's Note - If the wages are reasonable it could be a very astute deal. Im still hoping we get Fernandes but a midfield 3 of Rabiot (holding), Pogba and Fernandes (box to box) would hopefully have plenty of energy and technical ability. Can always play Matic, Fred or Mctominay if we want extra defensive cover}

6.) 02 Jun 2019 16:03:05
Mike. Nothing from the player. Nothing from his agent. Nothing from the club. So read into that.
Most probably being fed to the press from his side in the hope that a bidding war begins.
I think he looks a good player with good physical and technical attributes.
Has been reared badly by psg this last 6 month.
Ed002 says he comes with significant baggage. Maybe that's why he has not got the offer he wants.

7.) 02 Jun 2019 16:31:15
correct me if i am wrong ed but didn't both his father and grandmother pass away in January? if so then surely that will have had a huge impact on him. i know not football related but i'm sure the last 6 months being sidelined has not been the nicest experience.

{Ed004's Note - I think I read something about that happening in January, not sure. Itll have been a tough year for him Im sure.}

8.) 02 Jun 2019 16:55:02
Ken, I take your point but we don’t always hear directly from players, agents or clubs during transfer dealings. I did lead with ‘not the first time this has happened’
We have seen similar stories in the past, I know.

9.) 02 Jun 2019 18:15:03
Ken, didn't you mention on the rumour page about a certain Portuguese midfielder possibly join the club though a contact. Now that isn't anything official from the club, the player, the players representatives, his current club or from the press.

That's the way transfer rumours work, they don't always come from direct sources. Occasionally someone working with the club or the representatives or someone who knows the player says something to a friend who says something to another friend and before you know it we have a genuine bonafide rumour.

10.) 02 Jun 2019 20:58:32
In not comparing rabiot but a certain Eric Cantona came with baggage too.

11.) 02 Jun 2019 20:58:58
Fernandes has said
"I like Liverpool a lot more [than Man City],  "It's a more direct [style of play], more offensive, maybe less organised, but more intense football. "
Read into what you will.

12.) 02 Jun 2019 21:08:49
Exactly shappy. Nothing coming groom anybody official often points to a potential deal. That's what i said 'read into that' its a possibility.
But its also using united to flush a deal out elsewhere is also a possibility.
On balance i think there could bee some truth in this one and that we are making efforts to sign him.



20 May 2019 09:17:43
A question for the EDs or knowledgeable poster. What's the significance of United saying Pogba must make a formal transfer request? Does it trigger monetary clauses in his contract? Reduce any monies payable to him? Or his agent?
Just wonder why they would say that. I would think they would know if he wants to leave. Cheers.


{Ed002's Note - It means that the 5% of the transfer fee the club would pay to the player are retained by the club.}

1.) 20 May 2019 09:22:01
Thanks Ed. Much appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

2.) 20 May 2019 10:13:09
Good info, did not know that.

3.) 20 May 2019 10:28:32
Thanks for the information Ed.
Never knew the financial significance of a transfer request.

4.) 20 May 2019 12:54:56
Good question Perth, thanks for the response 002.

5.) 20 May 2019 15:34:08
Does it not also help the club in that they can then say that it was the player not the club who wanted the sale. Helps prevent or reduce a backlash from fans against the club and so instead the player is seen as the evil one.

{Ed002's Note - The fans will whine regardless.}

6.) 20 May 2019 16:45:55
Not all of them.

{Ed001's Note - I think he means the ones that will whine are going to whine no matter how it is presented by the club.}




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23 Jul 2019 17:32:49
You mean like we signed Maguire?




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21 Jul 2019 17:58:49
Not my first choice I’ll admit but he will improve our defence which is looking much stronger and more balanced now.
It should also allow a couple to depart.




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20 Jul 2019 05:42:31
As I said before neither Real or Juve can afford Pogba right now.




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17 Jul 2019 16:54:26
Couldn’t agree more Ken.




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17 Jul 2019 14:52:28
By “I’d love it if there were no takers” I mean no one shows any interest us included.

He is the last player I would want at United.





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24 Jul 2019 00:38:19
Milner? We no.




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24 Jul 2019 00:34:24
Good summary Ken
Have a good flight.




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24 Jul 2019 00:28:12
He’s still a Leicester player.




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23 Jul 2019 15:02:37
Bruno 4 me.




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23 Jul 2019 15:01:49
Maybe he’s walking from Leicester to Manchester.