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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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01 Dec 2017 12:58:03
Any of the Eds aware of the Matic situation? He came off against Watford? Is it a serious injury or was it just precaution?


{Ed001's Note - he is listed as a doubt for tomorrow.}



06 Nov 2017 08:08:30
Rant? Not really, I’d call it an honest opinion of what we all say yesterday.

1. De Gea: Couldn’t do much the header, I think Morata connected with it beautifully, the culprit is the defense, they gave him far too much space. If the striker is between your two centre-backs, then he bound to score.

2. Valencia: I know you all love him here. I don’t. I think he is extremely one dimensional. While his defending and tracking back might be right up there, it’s his ability once he crosses the half-way line that really bugs me. The amount of time he will check back inside, or even hoof the ball upfield is just one too many. His delivery in the final third is questionable, and I’m not saying this because of the last match, but even in other matches, he seems to always strike the ball rather than whip it or even float it.

3. Chris Smalling: I don’t know what to say about this fellow. His defending is shambolic to say the least. His 10 yard passes wobble and bounce around. His arms always seem to like the opponent neck, back or shoulders more than them being at the right place.

4. Phil Jones: Improved as a player, yes. Does the odd mistake, but overall his game seems to be better. Obviously, the not being injured often part is good for him. Didn’t do much wrong last night.

5. Eric Bailly:

6. Ashley Young: I think he started the game pretty well, took on Zapacosta a few times, but failed to beat him or put in a quality ball. The moment we conceded, he started hoofing the ball upfield which was rubbish. He is probably one of the few players who deserve to be in the squad right now, based on the way he has been playing.

7. Ander Herrera: I was his biggest fan last season and I couldn’t stop talking about how good he was. This season has been another story altogether. I think his approach has changed a bit, his forward passing used to crisp and precise, now, he only manages to play those passes either sideways or backwards, which is not what you need from a defensive / box to box midfielder. I may be wrong here, but I don’t he and Matic are a good fit when played alongside the other.

8. Nemanja Matic: While he has brought the much-needed composure and calm to our squad, there are times, when the game sort of passes by him and yesterday’s game was a classic example of that. I think he was too slow on the ball last night, he failed to dominate the centre of the park and because Herrera wasn’t able to provide proper coverage, he was all over the pitch. Still, I think he’s been one of the standout players this season. He keeps the game simple and makes everyone tick. He was best when he was playing with Pogba. I think that combination worked best for us, not just in terms of the teams ticking, but also because Matic could concentrate on keeping the flow going and Pogba could run his magic in the opponent's half.

9. Rashford: He’s been disappointing, and not just yesterday, it’s been a few games now that he has been bang-average. His decision making in the final third is questionable, his set-pieces aren’t good enough. Yes, he is young and he has the speed to take on any defender, but I think that is not good enough, there has to be an end product to what he is doing. Again, he can be a good player, he has the ability. But cutting him slack by saying he’s just 20 and still learning is not the right way to go about it.

10. Mkhitaryan: What the heck is up with this dude? He was magnificent in the opening 4-5 games. He was pinging passes left right and centre and now it feels like he can’t even pass 5 yards without messing up. Is his game suffering because he has to track back? I don’t think so, he is not closing down the opposition, he is not putting in a tackle. Yesterday, Fabregas went past him with ease. It felt more like he was giving him a boost, rather than try and stop him. He is another player who is suffering without Pogba in the team. Maybe he could do with some time outside the starting 11, but who do you play if not him.

11. Lukaku: What’s the point of buying a striker who costs you 75 million quid and then starve him off the service that he needs. I mean, this is the third or the fourth game where is just trying to latch on to hopeful long balls. If I was a striker in the current squad, I’d honestly tell my mates to f**k off and play ball to feet. because he always running after long balls, he hardly gets the space to run at defenders. I doubt that if given the chance to take on a defender, he wouldn’t be able to.

Anyway, it’s been a while since United really kicked out of second gear and took the game to the opposition. While I know Jose will never give you swashbuckling football, but this is dross and not football.

I think, with Pogba coming back soon, it should help with getting that creativity into the squad, but then again, the others who are getting their chances need to really take them and not depend on one single player. Let’s hope the team improves post the international break.


1.) 06 Nov 2017 08:37:53

Good post, i think Mourinho’s approach to the big games is an issue. Last season when we beat Chelsea we played two up top and used our pace against them.
Yesterday it was long balls are us. Half wit tactics that looked desperate. I think Mourinho won’t stay the full 3 years.

2.) 06 Nov 2017 09:04:32
So we need at least 9 new players then raghav?

3.) 06 Nov 2017 09:12:34
That's a pretty good assessment of where we are, I agree on Valenica, he's a top bloke but so predictable when he comes forward and he continually slows the play by stopping and turning back.

4.) 06 Nov 2017 09:49:08

No, I don't mean we need 9 new players. I don't think my post meant that. We need to get rid of a few, we all know that. But most importantly, we need to make the players play to their strength and not their weakness. We need players to attack the game, not defend, defend and defend. If that is the mentality, then play Blind instead of Rashford and Darmian instead of any creative player, get Lindelof instead of Mkhi, so that the opposition has no chance of scoring against you.

5.) 06 Nov 2017 09:51:19
Mad hatter:

I agree, against top teams Mou's set-up has been quite poor. He seems to shy away from the term 'take the game to the opposition. ' Till the time that doesn't change, I doubt the results would change.

It feels like he doesn't trust the players, but this is more or less the squad that he wanted. So he should be playing in a way that will make them use their skill.

6.) 06 Nov 2017 09:52:13
Ajh: Yeah, i agree. He's been a great player for the club, but the game has evolved and one needs players who can play at a high-tempo and that's not just running or defending, it's those one-two passes that help you gain a yard or two in the other half.

7.) 06 Nov 2017 14:47:40
Does anyone think maybe Toni is given instructions to play the way he does. I'm sure if José told him to run at fullbacks, then he would.

8.) 06 Nov 2017 16:54:41
Lvg same instruction? Moyes same instruction? Fergie same instruction. Toni get 3/ 4 way up the pitch and turn back or get a bit further on and whack it as hard as you can across goal?
Valencia does 2 thirds of his role as well as many right backs but he is hopeless as an attacking threat.

9.) 06 Nov 2017 17:24:40
raghav, madhatter I've got to agree with everything you both say.2 new fullbacks another box 2 box as cover for pogba clearly herrera doesn't work and I also think we need 2 wingers/ wide attackers that'll stay high and wide waiting for the full back to overlap to stretch the opposition defence or at least get rashford/ martial doing that as we bottleneck our attack.

10.) 06 Nov 2017 19:07:28
Ken, all those managers play a similar type of football in my opinion. Could you see Pep giving him the same instructions? Or any more attack-minded coach, to be fair.

11.) 06 Nov 2017 22:08:41
Lvg and jose play the exact opposite. Jose does not want to dominate possession lvg does.

12.) 06 Nov 2017 22:07:50



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.





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10 Dec 2017 03:47:14
Why is everyone against signing Griezmann. He's not a bad player is he?




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01 Nov 2017 08:32:21
I think a lot of teams take advantage of a set-piece situation. Whether it is a free kick or even a corner. I think that's the whole purpose an attacking set-piece, putting the opponent under pressure.

I'm not saying the tactic didn't work, it did and we scored, but I'll take it as more of a fluke, rather than a practised thing.




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01 Nov 2017 06:53:40

That might be the issue, but then, don't you think that's a complete waste of tactic, we've got players who are well above 6 feet. Don't you think it would make sense to try and find at least one?




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31 Oct 2017 06:13:12
I'm sorry, but fans booing Mou for taking Rashford off was uncalled for.

I think, personal opinion though, is that Rashford is a slightly frustrating player at times. I think sometimes he tries a bit too hard, dribbles one player too many and his delivery in the final 3rd can leave you wanting for more.

One example of him being extremely frustrating was the Benfica match. Whenever he took a corner, he just wanted to score directly from it and even the free kick from which he scored, was just luck.

I'm not saying he's a bad player, he's a talented guy who might make it big, but the current problem is that he tries to win the match on his own and that is frustrating.

Now, the substitution on Saturday, for the Spurs game was spot on. Yes, Martial has had bad games too, but I feel both are better in the current system as impact subs. Anyway, not to start an argument or to piss other posters off, just my take.




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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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12 Dec 2017 08:08:21
James, I think Mou could have done much much better with the players he had at his disposal. Maybe, just maybe, City had a couple of players who are better when you head to head, but I don't think they have a squad which light years ahead of ours.

The point that CSM makes is correct, City did not scare us through open play, they didn't create a single one on one chance that opened up our defence, instead, two really shabby attempts at clearing a ball cost us.

We could have done much better. Our team was not just in our own half, we were in our final 3rd, not what you expect when you play at OT. Maybe, Mou needs to let go of the fact that he doesn't have the 'players he can trust' because trust me, a lot of managers can and will play better with the squad that United have.

I think he needs to take a hard look at himself and his tactics and understand that his 'pragmatic approach' is kind of costing us valuable points and maybe, in this case, the title.


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11 Dec 2017 12:50:07

By no means was I moaning about the money spent by City. Of course, we've spent an absurd amount of money as well, whether we were forced or whether Mr. Woodward wanted to spend that money is debatable. I just agree with the above post with regards to the fact that, Pep inherited a better City squad than us, a squad that even in Pelligrini's time was able to play those quick passes and now, with Pep, they are able to press opponents as well.

Our squad lost their identity and even now, we don't really know who we are. Are we the counter attacking specialist? No, are we kinds to park the bus, not too sure. Are we the ones who play free flowing football and strike fear into the minds of the opponents? Again, no clear answer.

We need to start playing with a direction, we need to counter the way the other team plays, not become defensive. We need to have a plan, an execution, not a knee-jerk reaction to how the other team is playing.

Again, sorry if I came across as a whining United fan, crying about the money, but I wasn't, I was simply trying to make sense of what I saw.




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11 Dec 2017 11:41:30
I think you are right. Maybe bring him on as an impact sub. But whom do you pick if not him? Rashford? Zlatan? Martial?




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11 Dec 2017 07:35:36
X Files - You are right, Pep is no bloody messiah, he spent outrageous amounts of money and got the players who fit in his system.

I think Mou was really brave with the line-up, I didn't think for a second before the line-up came that we will play with Rashford, Lukaku and Martial together with just Herrera and Matic playing in the middle, with Lingard roaming free.

From the first minute, the only thing that really pissed me off was that United weren't really going for the press on the city players, and I don't mean press the defence, but allowing De Bruyne and Silva 10-15 yards to run with the ball is just not acceptable. And they aren't running sideways, but they are running towards your goal. Heckle, them for Christ's sake.

Then, Rojo and Young hoofing the ball upfield towards Lukaku is just making him run for no reason. If they did want to play the long balls, then at least ping them behind the full backs, that's where the space is (coz of City's high press), no point pinging it in the middle because the defence will just sort it out.

Sometimes, during the game, I felt that United players are just scared of the ball or getting the ball to their feet and playing through the press. All you need is a bit of movement from the people around you and the press can be countered, instead, those players would receive a pass, and then boom! upfield it went.

City didn't carve us open the way people expected them to, they got two goals which on any other day, given the way United defend, would not have been goals. Yes, they had more of the ball, but that was expected from them and Mou doesn't play a possession-based game. So that's fine.

I think because we gave city so much space in front of us, our intensity suffered and we just weren't good enough on the counter and we always looked a little concerned with the press.

Lukaku should have scored that one and then Mata could have converted that, but that was some save by Ederson and I doubt he knew much about it. But, when you are the number 9 in the team, you are expected to bury those chances.

Pogba was a big miss, I remember him turning koscielny inside out for United's third goal last weekend and when he got the red card, the first thought that I had was, that we don't have players who can do that. Pogba would have made a big difference in the middle of the park, at least he wouldn't have allowed Silva and De Bruyne to run with the ball and City would have been vary of him on the break. But that ifs and buts and those will always be the case.

I think the title race is still on, maybe we have an outside chance of catching them (this is the fanboy in me talking, not the realistic one) but we really have to up our intensity and make teams believe that they aren't playing have-beens, we still are MANCHESTER F***ING UNITED and I would them players to realise this.

On a side note, make them watch the movie United, let them feel what it really means to be playing for one of the most successful club's in the world.

Come on Bournemouth, let's have you!




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06 Nov 2017 09:55:16
You think, based on the current squad that we had, we couldn't defeat a poor Liverpool side or even take the game to Chelsea?

I think the last two matches of the CL have been poor. The goal against Benefica (Away) was pure luck and so was the first goal we scored against them at home. We didn't take the game to them, if you remember correctly, then it was Benefica that looked like they might score, especially at Old Trafford.