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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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17 Oct 2017 07:06:16
A little off topic, everything seems to be either about how appalling the performance against Pool was or whether Jose will finish his career with us not.

Question for the eds and even the posters. have you any of you ever thought of picking up coaching badges. Especially the eds, your in-depth knowledge about not just the players, but the way a team plays and different way that they play as well. Your analysis are spot-on and you someone know how good or bad a team and a manager really is.

So, just wanted to know if you ever thought of coaching kids at the grassroots level or even training a team.



{Ed001's Note - thought about it but they were too expensive to ever consider doing.}

1.) 17 Oct 2017 07:36:01
I was not one saying how appalling the performance was nor speculating on Jose’s career.

I managed a team many years ago but it became too much hassle, players not turning up or turning up late and threats if I didn’t play people, or play people in the position they wanted. At times they were not adult like but school kids attitude. It was in pre mobile phone days so my landline phone bill went through the roof (checking on players) at a time when I couldn’t afford it. I changed the way they played, moved a forward to the back and he became the best defender in the league. Still the hassle wasn’t worth doing it long term. No time for coaching badges, just armchair ones.

2.) 17 Oct 2017 08:27:00
Ed001 that is part of the problem in english football. it is so much more expensive in england to do your coaching badges compared to elsewhere. we lack a serious amount of decent coaching at all levels, due to the cost and lack of incentive to do them.

{Ed001's Note - very much so mate. It is not about bringing through the best coaches to the FA, it is about making money.}

3.) 17 Oct 2017 10:00:06
I started along the path a few years ago. But as Ed001 has pointed out cost soon becomes a problem. It cost me £140 for my level one (but I had to take a week off work to complete it, which as I was self employed at the time cost me a weeks earnings) . My level two cost me £340 plus two weeks wages. Although both courses were interesting for different reasons neither really imparted much tactical or coaching knowledge to you. They focused on your ability to deliver a coaching session, safe guarding, first aid and the "FA's vision for football". They want kids to enjoy football as that is why we struggle to produce top quality players apparently.
The issue is to climb further up the ladder you really need to start considering your UEFA B license, UEFA A license then you FIFA pro license. The UEFA B license will set you back by over £5000. Then the others cost more again. So unless you have loads of spare cash kicking about, or you get sponsored by a club then you won't be able to get them.

For me this is the real issue with football in England. For comparison we have just under 3000 people in this country with one of the top three licenses, and we have around about 120 professional football clubs. Were these people exclusively work. In the Netherlands they have less than 45 professional club yet they have over 18000 people with one of the top three licenses. But in the Netherlands many of these highly qualified people work at grass roots level. So you can imagine the difference in standard in coaching the kids receive at grass roots level.

If the FA instead of spending millions on the almost pointless St George's park put the money towards subsidising coaching qualification cost then maybe we would start producing some quality players.

{Ed001's Note - have you heard of Mark Bennet Shapps? Performance Development Systems is his company. He is someone who is well worth listening to if you haven't. His ideas of coaching are spot on, teach kids to think for themselves and the best coaches make themselves redundant. I urge anyone interested in getting into coaching to look him up and take the time to listen to what he has to say. He does coach mentoring as well. Before anyone asks, I have no connection to the guy at all, he is not sponsoring me, I have never spoken to him or met him, just read a lot of articles and heard him speak on a number of podcasts and he is very impressive.}

4.) 17 Oct 2017 10:22:09
I passed my level 1 and 2 a number of years ago. They cost around £500. I used to help run a few youth teams and the club paid half. Uefa badges are ridiculously expensive and very tough. I've genuinely been thinking about getting into reffing sat afternoons. The standard has been shocking in my area and it's about £35 per match. I've just been medically retired from playing and I'm tempted. Be interesting as I've been captain of my club for six years so had a lot of ref bull in my time. Tempted to see what it's like on the other side of the whistle.

5.) 17 Oct 2017 10:39:47

I reffed for quite a while when I was at Uni to bring in a bit of extra cash, I wanted to see how difficult it was and see things from the other side. It is tricky and you do make mistakes but I found at the level I was reffing if you were respectful and a nice guy to the players most of them were nice and respectful back to you even if you made an error which can happen to anybody.

Too often I play and have refs who are arrogant or won’t speak to you or don’t understand the game and that causes major issues. Knowing the rules is a very important part of the game and not holding grudges against teams who have a bit of a go at you can be tricky but you have to be 100% impartial with every decision and be honest with yourself and all of the players and I found they respected me for that.

6.) 17 Oct 2017 16:48:28
I haven't Ed001 to he honest. But I'll look him up when I get a chance. I recently went back into education, the going atm is pretty intense. Lol.

{Ed001's Note - here is the website save you having to search for it.}

7.) 17 Oct 2017 19:00:58
GDS - mate the standard is so poor here. I watched a goal kick get given after a defender encroached during a penalty. That's a declaration of war in Luton!

I was assistant manager last year for an adult team and I had the same problems as Redman. Every young lad turning up with their green and pink boots thinking they were Ronaldo. They would cry at positions, if their mate wasn't playing etc. They skag of older players and show little respect. Great, you can do all your flicks and tricks but they bottled 50/ 50s and argued like hell. I came back and played for half a season at in the top league and worryingly I wasn't out of place four years after my last game. Youngsters today just don't want to listen to tactics, off the ball work. It really opened my eyes to attitudes these days. If I walked into a dressing room back in the day and said and acted the way some of them do, I would have got eaten alive.

I would do youth teams again but them you have the same problems with parents thinking their kid is a star. Parents ruin youth football for me.

Rant over.



01 Sep 2017 08:18:40
A big shout out to the Eds for all the information that they gave us during this very testing and irritating times.

Also, a big thank you to all the readers and posters for not pestering the Eds with unnecessary questions.


{Ed001's Note - cheers Rag, it seems to help calm the panic when the team is top of the league for some reason!}

1.) 01 Sep 2017 08:44:41
Hahah! I'm sure Ed001. Though I'm sure few fans would want an even better position.

But I think we all learned that whatever (always quality info, btw) we get from you guys is better than not getting anything at all.

The break can't end soon enough now!

{Ed001's Note - I agree, international breaks are so tedious. They should switch them to the end of the season.}

2.) 01 Sep 2017 13:03:11
Wenger disagrees ed.

{Ed001's Note - true. They save him lots of money.}



14 Aug 2017 07:52:57
What a game! What a performance, joy to watch such a team play. We looked menacing, I remember, around the 27th minute or so, the commentators started talking about, how, just like last season, United had all the possession and nothing to show for it. I was furious, I mean, you're just 30 mins into a match and unlike any of the past 4 seasons, United did look like they will get the breakthrough, sooner rather than later.

It was amazing to see Lukaku take on defenders in the wide areas and then use his speed and strength to just move past them.

Matic, well, I have to agree with everything that people have written about him. Phenomenal, the way he brought composure and solidity to the midfield was a joy to behold. His ability to turn with the ball, move the ball around in tight spaces, break down attacks, spread the game, was just beautiful to see.

And I might be the only one, but his presence was so immense, that at one point I'd forgotten that we Pogba in our team as well. No disrespect to him, but I think, if he keeps it simple, he will perform much much better,

Special mention to the little magician Mata, his pick-pocketing is just so so good.




22 Jun 2017 11:49:27
Just a quick question to the Eds.

Is there any updates with regards to the transfer targets for United.

Have there been new players that have been linked to us or is there any progress with regards to players coming in and even the ones going out?

Thank you.


{Ed002's Note - Read the posts.}



09 Jun 2017 07:53:50
Eds, just a question. Recently in the news, the Van Dijk situation happened, wherein, Pool were guilty of 'tapping' up a player without the clubs consent. I think this has happened in the past as well, I think in the Ashley Cole case. Can you please explain what this 'tapping up' means?



{Ed002's Note - The Ashley Cole situation was different as his agent took him to a meeting with Chelsea - and Chelsea should have walked away immediately but didn't. All, particularly the agent, got castrigated. Liverpool has spoken directly to the player without the permission of Southampton - that is the issue. The process should be along the lines of: Clubs will typically informally ask an agent (a) if the player is going to be available, and (b) would the player consider a move to the club. There may be some broad discussion on the sort of deal that would be offered. If the answer is yes, it is then necessary for the club to approach the player's club to ask if they would be willing to sell and if they would grant permission to speak to a player's agent formally about a transfer and possibly even the player about actually making a move. This will typically involve either broadly (through an offer) or actually agreeing a fee and responsibility for any significant costs (agents fees etc.). Once this has happened the club will be able to speak to the player's agent and perhaps the player himself to look at the package that will be involved. Many players are looked at and discussed at a high-level with agents and clubs; a subset of those have an offer placed; a subset of those involve discussions with the player's club; a subset of those involve discussions over terms, and; a subset of those go ahead.

Agents will often try and get more specific details of wages and other financials before they should - but most clubs are happy to follow this process. Players will often talk to other players about moves but, whilst wrong, is tolerated as it would be impossible to manage.}

1.) 09 Jun 2017 08:46:36
Thank you, Ed. That's quite a lengthy process. Another daft question. What are the parameters that clubs look at while signing players? I know the basic is how well they play and what kind of money will be involved. But what do scouts look for? Even established players are scouted? What exactly are they looking at?

{Ed002's Note - I suppose the critical thing would be how they fit in to the side. Having a great player who doesn't fit in is a non-starter. Clubs generally expect scots and advisors to filter out such players. Obviously there is no point in having a player who, regardless of taldisruptive at a club.}




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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.}



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15 Jun 2017 15:47:44

The problem with that is, that Mbappe doesn't want to come to United. You pay Monaco 200 Mil, Mbappe still wouldn't sign on the dotted line.




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09 Jun 2017 15:20:12
Hahah! Yeah. I thought maybe you knew something that none of us did.

I hope we do get them both. It would be quite a solid front line.

Love the math! :D.




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09 Jun 2017 14:23:52
Dave, I would love it if United went for both the players, but I don't think that would happen. What makes you say that?




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09 Jun 2017 12:09:26
Oh yeah. Sorry, Ed. My mistake. I completely misread that one.


{Ed004's Note - That's no problem}




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14 Sep 2017 07:05:41
Boy From Burrey:

I think Rashford was average. His speed is good, he is willing to take on defenders, but when he gets in and around the penalty area, his decision making is really poor.

Mhki, by his standards, had a pretty off game. He missed a couple of good chances, but didn't let it affect him. He's still the best No. 10 that we have in the squad.

Lindelof, I think was quite good, considering this was his Champions League debut with United. Playing with Smalling is never easy, he has the ability to step into midfield, which works well when we need to press and maintain the pressure.

Fellaini put in a real shift. He was remarkable the way he played, even his passing was prety good.

Of course, we can improve further, no doubt in that, but I think we are building momentum right now, and this will help us.





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01 Sep 2017 08:44:41
Hahah! I'm sure Ed001. Though I'm sure few fans would want an even better position.

But I think we all learned that whatever (always quality info, btw) we get from you guys is better than not getting anything at all.

The break can't end soon enough now!


{Ed001's Note - I agree, international breaks are so tedious. They should switch them to the end of the season.}



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04 Aug 2017 08:30:12
Stand, I don't think PSG has a squad that is capable of challenging, but I still feel quarters and semis is where they will falter.

Currently, there are 3 or maybe 4 teams that are better than them.




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17 Jun 2017 11:09:09

I disagree with you. While you're right in saying that the club would suffer from losses if the fans decide to cut off their Tv subscriptions or even stop attending matches, I feel that such a scenario is not possible in the foreseeable future.

Every club in today's time, has a global presence, some more than the other. There are so many markets that these football clubs are targeting (take Asia for example, La Liga changes their timings of the matches to cater to the new Asian/ South East Asian audience), of course, they received flak from their supporters, but you hardly see a drop in the attendance.

The need for a dedicated show arises from the desire of what the fans (you, me and millions worldwide) want to see. They want to see which club is buying what player and how much will that player earn etc. And honestly, the fans care about the money that they will invest in getting the best players for their teams, they don't want their teams to be misers and not invest in players.

A Di Maria deal is a one-off case of a player not wanting to join the club. Yes, we paid exorbitant amounts of money for the player, but that more of a case of the player not having it in him, to play for this club. Every club in the past has made such mistakes. One of the reasons why we all remember the flops at our club is because we haven't been performing well in the last 4-5 years. Hence, the investments look like we are throwing money away.

Now, with Mou in charge, he has a plan, a transfer strategy, he knows the kind of players he wants and what he intends to build. While the way we played last season is unacceptable, it was more or less because of having the wrong players in the wrong place.

Look at it this way, if you can, we don't pay the exact amount that RM want for Morata and we don't budge. Instead, we settle for a Charlie Austin, because he's cheaper. Would you be happy with the way the team has done its business?




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17 Jun 2017 09:11:29

I get your point, mate. I know we haven't had wingers of the quality that we have had in the past.

Yes, whoever has played on the wing in the last season and even in the previous seasons have had the tendency to cut inside rather than beat the fullback and cross the ball.

Our CMs have had to do the majority of the work because like you said, the quality of wingers is really poor and even our fullbacks can't cross the ball.

What I was trying to convey in my earlier post was that, we can't just have a team of world-class wingers and average strikers, we need to have a mix of wingers and strikers. None of our current strikers, apart from Rashford on an given day, have the ability to beat their man and that I feel needs to change as well.