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23 Sep 2017 08:18:43
Not trying to piss off any of the Eds, but I have one question.

With Costa moving back to Atleti in January, does it open the door for Griezmann to make a move as well?

And do United still have an interest in him?

Thank you.


{Ed001's Note - Griezmann only held off the move because they could not replace him, so it is possible that he may decide to move. However, I expect him to wait until summer personally, depending on how Atleti are doing at that point.}

1.) 23 Sep 2017 08:54:16
Do we have alternatives to Griezmann? Not really a fan tbh.

2.) 23 Sep 2017 09:27:27
Thanks, Ed.

Do United still have an interest in him? Do you see us making a move for him in the summer?

{Ed001's Note - I don't know off the top of my head sorry.}



11 Jul 2014 19:03:20
Italian newspaper La Tercera reporting something related to a $55 million bid for Vidal from Man Utd. I don't know how reliable this is. Anyone read this? Or knows something about this? Eds. Any idea?



1.) Isn't that a paper from Chile?

2.) Ya a lot of papers in ireland reporting vidal and di maria done deals exciting times

3.) 11 Jul 2014 20:47:36
Apparently there is a report in the chilean newspaper. I think the deal includes Evra also.

4.) When I said Italian, I meant the language. Sorry if you got confused.

5.) I read a poorly translated version (I don't speak Spanish) and it appears that their source is the English press.



29 Jan 2014 18:45:34
Ed if you could spare a thought, the Kroos story. are United interested in him?


{Ed004's Note - Yes but if he becomes available so will other clubs}

1.) Heard that Manchester Utd have agreed a fee with
Toni Kroos, deal is still a way off. Player is happy to
leave. And his agent turned down Chelsea approach because Toni's ambition is to play for Man Utd. MASSIVE NEWS guys

2.) Really hope that he signs for united would be class with mata rooney van persie and adnan




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24 Oct 2018 08:46:57
Ed. Quick question. What's the deal with Fred, he just can't seem to get a game. Is the love affair all but over already?


{Ed001's Note - he has a first touch that makes Lukaku's look good, he is simply not good enough to hold down a place.}

1.) 24 Oct 2018 10:17:31
Was always going to take him time to adjust. Especially when with our mayhem of a side where there is no style of play or consistency in selection. I do think there is a player in there. Remember it did seem like Guardiola was interested at some stage like season. I do think if he had moved to any of the other top 6 teams he would be flourishing right now. Let’s hope his confidence hasn’t been dented. Seems like Jose may not fancy him. Hopefully the next manager will. Would much rather see him in midfield than matic.



11 Oct 2018 07:56:45
Ed 002,

Just a quick question.

In one of the posts you've spoken about how the Man United board is not looking at letting Mou go and are trying to get a DOF in place (I'm guessing this has been happening for a while) . This would imply that they are looking to get someone who can work with Mou and the future manager (whenever that happens) . In the same post, you've also mentioned how the toxics (both fans and the press) might force them to make an untimely decision. My question is, is the board so susceptible that they will get influenced by the press? I mean, I'm sure they know that whatever the press is writing is mostly untrue or woven for impact?


{Ed002's Note - Assuming a Mou is Mr Mourtinho, the club did agree the names of two potential Directors of Football with him. Yes the press and the toxics can influence the board - the toxics are entirely responsible for where the club are now.}

1.) 11 Oct 2018 10:51:20
I guess the problem started when the LVG plans were disheveled because of the fans. Guess that's what we call hitting your own feet with an axe. Just out of curiosity who are these two people, and if you rather not tell the names, what is your opinion on the shortlisted people (if at all, they are shortlisted)

Thanks, again.

{Ed002's Note - The toxics are large numbers of very vocal "supporters". What shortlist are you referring to?}

2.) 11 Oct 2018 11:43:30
So this means these bunch of 'supporters' are somewhat influential? Sorry, by shortlist, I meant the names of two Director of Football that been agreed with Mr. Mourinho. Are those the right people for the job?

{Ed002's Note - THis has all been explained - try searching.}

3.) 11 Oct 2018 11:59:29
The 'toxic' fans didn't necessitate hiring Mourinho though did they. It's not like we couldn't have got a manager in on a one year deal to keep the plan in place. We're in the situation we're in because someone high up thought Mourinho was right for United.

{Ed002's Note - The toxics are entirely responsible for everything that happens and they deserve every failing moment that has happened since.}

4.) 11 Oct 2018 12:15:08
Of course Mr Mourinho himself is not remotely toxic.

{Ed002's Note - No, he is one of the most successful managers in world football at the moment having to deal with a club that does not provide him with their full support and a fan base that includes vast numbers ogf vegetables with little or no knowledge of the game.}

5.) 11 Oct 2018 12:16:06
Toxic fans forced the club to make a decision. The club made a bad decision in hiring Mourinho (for which they are responsible) and the rest of us regular fans are left with this mess we are in now.

{Ed002's Note - You miss the point - the club had good well founded plans that the toxics destroyed.}

6.) 11 Oct 2018 12:46:24
Certain fans messed up the clubs plans regarding LVG’s 3 year stay, Max Allegri was the plan thereafter all the way up until 2022 I believe, that plan has long since gone now, so Jose Mourinho was hired and now it seems the same fans are messing up things again. That coupled with the club not adapting to Jose, a media campaign against him in the papers is why we are in a mess, I am sure other issues too. The support of the fans and the support from the club to its manager is what makes for a stable and successful club. We are neither stable or successful atm due to lack of support towards our managers. We’ve no god given right to be on top, that is earned, as it has been for many years under Fergie, we earned the right to be on top then, atm we are making the club abandon plan after plan because we want instant success. Take a look over the road at City, they planned very well and are now reaping the rewards. I’m not asking people to like Jose Mourinho but see the bigger picture or we will continue to be in a constant state of instability. I’ve had my moments post game where I’ve ‘had enough’ it’s an emotional game but we must learn from our mistakes.

7.) 11 Oct 2018 13:12:53
How do you decipher between a regular fan and a toxic fan?

{Ed002's Note - The dribble quantity.}

8.) 11 Oct 2018 13:19:50
Very good post wrd and ed002.
Sure its not perfect but it would be a lot better if the club had backed jose.
We need to clear out some players with a view to reinvesting in players that will do better for club and manager.
The irony is that imo no other manager would have got this squad to 2nd last season and if any other manager comes in the squad still needs major investment. No manager is going to turn young valencia jones rojo smalling herrera etc etc into title winners.
Jose told us at the vegining of the season that it would be a tough season with this squad and he is right.

9.) 11 Oct 2018 13:53:41
Up until Saturday, I never bought into the "toxic fan" statements due to simply not seeing it: however the venomous content and manner of what so called fans directed at certain players in the warm up, brought the statement home. If the fans or a portion of them cannot even support the players without verbal abuse then what chance have we got of moving forward. And before the dudley dorightss start with the its banter blah blah, it certainly knocks confidence before a competitive ball is kicked.

10.) 12 Oct 2018 10:11:34
at the end of the day the guy is not up to managing United, get him sacked.

11.) 12 Oct 2018 10:13:38
What did they expect? Sell your customers a product that's nor fit for purpose and they will complain.

Utd are lucky trading standards haven't been involved.



30 Aug 2018 18:12:57
That's some draw!




20 Jul 2018 11:10:23
One for the Eds.

Liverpool, City and Chelsea (to a certain extent) have bought in new players, Chelsea got a new manager as well. What's your take on the signings done by the top 4/ 6 till now?

What's your take on Sarri, you think Chelsea have a got a good manager?

And I know this is a repetitive question, but what's your opinion about Fred. I have never seen him play and I doubt that YouTube is the best place to understand a player, so it would great if you could lend your insights into that. Or if a player review could be made for him, Whatever works for you.



{Ed002's Note - Liverpool have done well and now need to get rid of players - I very much expect they have a little bit of business still to be done. Manchester City have only added Mahrez and a young defender (I don't recall his name) but are looking to potentially a significant exit or two and they are looking to put something in place that will see a very significant purchase - so work is still in hand. Chelsea have agreed to two players arriving and three leaving (who are still at the club) and are continuing talks today over a couple of others - so they also have a long way to go. is more of a mixed bag with Leno, Papaoowmowmow and Torriera good additions and then the rather starnge deal for Stephan Lichtsteiner - they have a little work to do. Spurs will certainly be looking to start the ball rolling in anger soon.}

1.) 20 Jul 2018 12:52:22
Thanks for reply Ed. If you don't mind me asking, is Hazard one of the player's that is looking to leave Chelsea this season?

And who else do you think Liverpool are targetting?

Thanks again. Any chance you can share your thoughts on Sarri, and also Fred? Your Sharkopod said something about United rushing into the deal.

{Ed002's Note - This is the Manchester United page - try the Chelsea page. Yes, Fred was rushed in to, the club should have taken their time, but it is too late now.}

2.) 20 Jul 2018 13:28:06
What do you mean by rushed in Ed002? Not the right fit or panicked? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Just forget it.}

3.) 20 Jul 2018 14:14:31

4.) 20 Jul 2018 14:33:57
Scholes, I'd imagine ed002 means that if United had of waited a bit longer they could have potentially bought a player that was "better" than Fred.

There's still a lot of business to be done. For example let's say Kroos becomes available, we're stocked up in midfield now and can't go for him.

I'm happy with the balance of the midfield though. Ed002 saying we had discussions with Spurs about Alderweireld and it didn't go anywhere fast is very worrying.

Obviously I expect us to bring in at least a few new players, but how far down the list are they going to be?

5.) 20 Jul 2018 15:11:14
Yh Mumbles, do like the midfield options myself, just seen the clock ticking down on Sky Sports, 20 days left lol, wonder how many will come in? Also, i'm hoping we do end up getting Alderweireld, Spurs' way of getting max amount for him like this? Hopefully they'll bite as it's unlikely Levy will risk losing him for a less amount next summer.

6.) 20 Jul 2018 15:43:54
From what I've read and I don't know how true it is, we're around £20 million apart in valuation. That's a lot considering how tough Levy is with negotiating a price. Also, we probably should be trying to shift a centre back on before we bring him in. We have Bailey, Lindelof, Jones, Smalling and Rojo. I'm sure Jose would part with most of them but finding a buyer might be tough.

We'd like Alderweireld in ASAP. Spurs can wait until deadline day, means nothing to them.

I know the figures being quoted could be pie in the sky but I highly doubt the United board want to spend £60 million on a 29 year old. We may have to look at alternatives.



26 Feb 2018 08:11:51
Well, what a result. Defeated a good Chelsea side, who, I think many believed to be he favourites.

I think it was a slightly nervy start to the game, Chelsea were quick to move the ball around and were getting men forward, Hazard was trying to dictate the game and even Willian was always willing to take on a man. Morata had a great chance to put Chelsea one up and I think, had that gone it, it would have changed the mood at OT.

Sanchez could have and should have taken that chance and buried it, he didn't need to take an extra touch, I think once he took a second touch, the chance was gone. I don't know why he took the touch, confidence issues, maybe?

Moving on, I think Pogba played well today. Didn't let Kante or Drinkwater take him out of the game and was always keen on taking a man on. Him and Matic looked solid today and Mctominay added some much needed grip in the midfield. While Chelsea's passing looked quick and crisp at times, whenever United got hold of the ball, they reduced the tempo of the game and i think that went well. That mean we were looking to play the ball and not just hoof it up field and make Lukaku run for them.

Smalling sort of raised his game little and did a good job on Morata and other Chelsea attackers, which was good. Lindelof had a terrific game as well, he needs more game time and he can possibly form a good partnership with Bailly.

Martial, I think had a strange game and I think Lingard offered more movement and fluidity in play when he came on.

Lukaku's start was not the greatest, I think a couple of touch went here and there, but the strength he showed for the goal was tremendous and even the ball he played for Lingard was insane. *On a side note, why can't other players cross the ball like that for him? He'll thrive if he gets such a service. * I was hoping he'd be able to finish the galloping run he took in the second half, he just glided past the Chelsea defence as if they weren't there.

All in all, I guess Mou will be happy with a performance like this, I know I am.


1.) 26 Feb 2018 11:55:43
It’s that old cliché that strikers are better crossers because they know where they want the ball!

2.) 26 Feb 2018 12:29:12
is that true Caolan? If it was then we should have scored bucket loads with two strikers in Martial and Rashford on the wings. lol.




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31 Jul 2018 12:39:01

Just a question, do you think it's good business for United to sell Pogba and possibly replace him with Kroos?

By good business, I mean, will it be a helpful move for the club, in terms of getting the right players?


{Ed002's Note - I think selling Pogba would be good business but I think there are better options than Kroos.}



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26 Jul 2018 10:23:48
Ed, does this mean that Lindelof has been written off, completely?


{Ed004's Note - I wouldn't say written off. I just think it's very unlikely he will impress enough to become first choice cb at the club}



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11 Jul 2018 08:42:46
That's a class reply ed!


{Ed001's Note - cheers mate, if it was me you meant?}



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06 Feb 2018 09:37:27

I cannot reply to what every single poster has said and I respect what each one of you has said.

So here's the thing, what I said about Rashford does not mean that I want him sold, of course, I want him to be a success at United and play for us for many many years, but on the current form that he is in and the way I see him play week in and week out, I just don't think he's learning the right things. I'm all for giving the kid every chance that he rightfully deserves, but I'm thoughtful of the fact that if he doesn't learn or change, then the club should be smart about it and not emotional.




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05 Feb 2018 10:26:46

If you think I'm being short-sighted when it comes to Rashford, then let me clarify, that I'm not. I'm not saying this 'coz I've only seen 2 or 3 matches and seen him not perform, and hence I've made up my mind. It's my observation over the course of the season and not just in the Premier League, I have watched him play in the League Cup and even FA Cup.

I think his decision making is way off, sometimes he's way too selfish. I'm in no way saying that he's a bad player, but I feel these basic things need to be addressed so that his game can develop. And there is probably nothing wrong with the kind of people he's playing with, I don't think there is any other team in the League that will be able to help him mature as a player.

Also, 12daysofhermida, I don't know. Maybe I'll give him a season or two more and if he still fails to deliver, then maybe, it might be the time to sell.





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06 Dec 2018 09:22:09
I don't think Pogba had any effect on the game. If it was up to me, I would have added Mata to the mix of things, rather than put Pogba on the field.

Another thing that I noticed and I don't know if others felt it or not, was that prior to Lukaku coming on the pitch, our passing was crisp, mostly played to the feet of Martial or Rashford and even if we were going long, we were playing the ball where these two could run to.

As soon as Lukaku came on the field, the passing lessened and the long balls into channels became long hopefull balls pinged to Lukaku and he didn't do much about them.

Anyway, I think we showed some fight today and while Dalot was caught out position-wise, he had a pretty decent game, something he can build on. Bailly was good, one-off mistake after not playing for long is fine. Let's see what happens over the weekend!

On a side note: Although I was watching on the telly, the banter between the two sets of fans in the stadium was insane. Was really proud of the way our fans kept chanting and supporting the team and gave it back to the away fans.




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12 Nov 2018 10:37:14
I don't think our players don't work on fitness, I think they are a bunch of outright lazy players who'd rather glide and jog on the pitch rather than sprint back or sprint forward.

The fact that none of our players identify tiny pockets of space while defending or even playing out of defence tells the intelligence that these players have. It was somewhere in the second half, Herrera tried to press one of Silva or Fernandinho and none of the defenders followed him to squeeze the space that the player could play the pass into. That's the basic essence of pressing, even my non-experienced brain knows that.

And as far as Rashford had the beating of the 2 City defenders then I think that's a lie. Rashford is still a kid, the way he plays is a sign that he is not progressing. He's that kid in the park, who will dribble and dribble and have no end result. Unfortunately, you can't be a one trick pony in football today (him knocking the ball past defenders and beating them in a foot race) .

Our players don't look comfortable on the ball, they don't know who to pass the ball to, they think about the next pass a couple of seconds after they get the ball, ideally, when you play at the highest level, it should be the other way around.

Bringing Lukaku on was a mistake, I remember a few years ago there was a discussion about him being a top-class forward and his jump from Everton to a big club would be the platform he needs to perform, week-in-week-out. And while we may argue that Jose's system doesn't suit him, I don't think Jose's system has got anyting to do with his atrocious first-touch. The fact that he has never presses the defenders or even attempts to close them down is blasphemy in my mind.

Jose ain't going to change his midfield. Matic will play, Fellaini, when fit, will most probably start. Fred is out, Pereira can't get look in and we have zero fluidity while going forward.

United's in a mix of something really wrong, while the manager is not helping the cause by rubbish post match talks, it's the players willingness to play football that really scares me.




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11 Oct 2018 11:43:30
So this means these bunch of 'supporters' are somewhat influential? Sorry, by shortlist, I meant the names of two Director of Football that been agreed with Mr. Mourinho. Are those the right people for the job?


{Ed002's Note - THis has all been explained - try searching.}



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11 Oct 2018 10:51:20
I guess the problem started when the LVG plans were disheveled because of the fans. Guess that's what we call hitting your own feet with an axe. Just out of curiosity who are these two people, and if you rather not tell the names, what is your opinion on the shortlisted people (if at all, they are shortlisted)

Thanks, again.


{Ed002's Note - The toxics are large numbers of very vocal "supporters". What shortlist are you referring to?}



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07 Oct 2018 14:53:17
He didn't undermine Rashford or Mctominay, what he said about them was the truth, both didn't deserve to be the team sheet last night.