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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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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.}



08 May 2017 12:51:06
Aah well, yesterday was a disaster. Miki and Mata taking throw-ins summed up the mentality with which our team played.
Here's a stat that will surely make everyone scratch their heads. Through this stat, I'm not saying that we should sack the manager or something, but it's just to give a different perspective to all the people who keep shouting that Mou doesn't trust these players.

In 2013/ 14 season, first season under Moyes, United accumulated a total of 6 points out of 30 which were available against the top 5 teams (Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs and City) .

In the 2014/ 15 season, the first season under LVG, United accumulated a total of 17 points out of the 30 that were available, again, this was against the top 5 teams.

In the 2015/ 16 season, the second season under LVG, United accumulated a total of 17 points again.

In the 2016/ 17 season, the first one under Mourinho, United have accumulated a total of 9 points, although we still have a game against Spurs, this number could increase to either 12 or 10 or stay at 9, out of 30 available points.

Now, here's the spending that has happened in those 4 years.

In the 2013/ 14 season, United spent almost 67 Million pounds. Players that were bought were Fellaini, Mata, Varela and Janko.

In the 2014/ 15 season, United had spent 145 million pounds. Players that were bought were Herrera, Shaw, Rojo, Blind and Di Maria.

In the 2015/ 16 season, United had spent a total of 103 million pounds. Players that came in, Depay, Darmian, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger and Martial.

In the 2016/ 17 season, United have spent a total of 149 million pounds, players that came in, Pogba, Bailly and Miki.

Out of all the players that have been bought in the last 4 transfer windows, the ones that have been sold are, Depay, both the SCH medfielders and Di Maria.

Now, the rest of squad has been nearly the same and you cannot ague that, if only 2 or 3 players have been added to the squad, then that should result in at least a 5% increase in the performance of the team. Judging by the way we've been playing and the way we've set-up against the bigger teams, our approach this season, has been a bit embarrassing. Yes, Mou has different methods and different tactics and maybe the way we play has improved, but in truth has it really? We still labour on the ball, a team once known for its counter-attacking football, is now falling prey to counter attacking football. Of course, giving another season or two to Mou makes all the sense in the world. But, I just feel that Mou should stop whining about he doesn't have the players and take a good look at his own training and match day set-ups.

I'm not trying to fight with anyone, if the stats are wrong and faulty, then I apologise beforehand.



1.) 08 May 2017 13:08:38
Great post Raghav, thanks.

Add the fact that Rashford has come through the youth system as well.

2.) 08 May 2017 13:12:56
Yes, I was more or less looking at the money spent by us in the past 4 seasons. Rashford came through the youth system so he wasn't bought by the club. Hence, I missed out on him, apologies.

3.) 08 May 2017 13:47:34
Raghav - no your post was great, I mentioned Rashford to further emphasize the point. It was good you didn't mention him as people can't question your post, it's based on pure like-like facts.

4.) 08 May 2017 15:20:08
come on Beast. you forgot IBRA on a FREE to.


5.) 08 May 2017 15:50:59
Great post but have the other top 6 teams improved or are we accepting that they've stood still and not progressed.

Pointless stat.

6.) 09 May 2017 04:14:51
Of course, other teams have improved as well, except for Arsenal, other teams have changed the managers as well. My point is not about other teams no improving and standing still, the only reason why I used the stat is to show how poorly we've performed against the bigger team, especially under Mourinho. Under LVG, we were dross against some of the weaker teams but somehow managed to pull a rabbit out the hat against the bigger teams. And this season, we've struggled to break down even the smaller teams and honestly, in terms of creativity, we have a much better team than before.

Anyway, apart from rubbishing my post, what do you have to offer?



06 Dec 2016 07:15:03
If any of the eds are around or even the regular posters, then i would just like to ask them about their opinion on how they feel the new managers are doing with their respective teams.

It's December and generally this is considered the crunch time for the league. How would you rate the performances of Conte, Pep, Mou, Klop, Wenger and other?



{Ed001's Note - I am in the middle of doing an article on the Prem title contenders now, but I will add this to my to do list as the next article, an analysis of them I mean. There is a bit too much to just jot down here quickly.}

1.) 06 Dec 2016 08:14:11
Great! Thanks for your time ed01!

{Ed001's Note - you are welcome mate. Oh and in case you are wondering, I am including Man Utd in the title contenders, even if they are off the pace right now. It is a long season and United have won many titles from a position that looked hopeless in the past.}

2.) 06 Dec 2016 11:37:21
I think a lot of people (including me) need that sort of optimism. It's been a very weird start to the league by us. Hoping to see the article soon Ed.

{Ed001's Note - I will try and get it done as quickly as possible. It will be posted up on when it is ready.}

3.) 06 Dec 2016 11:37:34
:) Thank you ED.

{Ed001's Note - you are welcome mate.}

4.) 06 Dec 2016 11:40:58
Ed001 Not that I do not have confidence in Man Utd's title challenge but I am not all that optimistic. I'd be very happy with top 4 but my reason for adding to this post is that you are a fair person (I'd think all the Eds are though they have their teams they support) .
My respect to you all and you all rock!
Thanks for such professionalism.

{Ed001's Note - thank you mate. I have just learnt over the years never to count out United until it is mathematically impossible for them to win it. Jose is a proven title winner too. Plus there is a January transfer window coming. United are defo not out of the title race yet.}

5.) 06 Dec 2016 12:45:32
Hear ye hear ye.
To all Man Utd supporters, it has been said that Man Utd is still in title race until mathematically impossible.
So it has been said, till then so it shall be decided.
Thank you Ed001 for this.
So let's get behind the manager and team till it is mathematically impossible 😂😂😂.

{Ed001's Note - I have just finished the article so the link will be up soon on the banter page.}

6.) 06 Dec 2016 13:53:21
Ed001 awesome 👍👍👏👏👏👏.

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate.}

7.) 06 Dec 2016 14:07:46
You must be in bemusement at this page at the moment ed.

Nearly every poster and their dog on this page think utd haven't got a chance at all.

{Ed001's Note - yeah I don't get it. I mean I personally would love to think they haven't a chance, but the season is not even half way through and there is the January transfer window to come! Lots can change. There is a long, long way to go. Mind, if you watch Sly Sports, you have heard the pundits award the title to Man City in the first couple of games and now they have decided Chelsea have won it after the weekened, so that could be a big part of it. We do, even if we don't realise it, get influenced by what we hear and read.}

8.) 06 Dec 2016 19:07:49
Absolutely. But I do try my utmost to ignore sky and other main outlets not just for sports news but news in general. I think too many people in this world are lead down the garden path by certain media outlets.

I personally think, although not so rosy for utd, that we are playing much better football and there are one or two things that mourinho will change and get right in the coming weeks which will see results change and fans having another Outlook.

It's obvious fans are divided by Jose but I can see many improvements and I'm very optimistic for this season and the next couple. I imagine he is going to spend a lot of money.




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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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09 Jun 2017 11:54:11
Eds, you're saying players. Would you mind telling us who they are?


{Ed004's Note - I think he is referring to Milan offering players not united.}




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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.




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16 Jun 2017 15:07:42
I didn't mean focal point of your attack, I meant the focal point of your team.




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16 Jun 2017 15:07:19
You're making a team for the future. As good as Ronaldo is, he cannot be the focal point of your attack.

And given a choice between a young Rashford and a Morata, I'd take Morata all day long. Not to say that I don't rate Rashford, that's far from the truth, but he still needs to learn and develop, he needs to learn while playing, which will be more often if Morata is there, than if Ronaldo comes it.