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18 May 2017 18:47:41
I'll be the one who takes the Sly Sports bait today. Are we actually interested in Nainggolan? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - Mourinho was very keen on Radja Nainggolan whilst at Chelsea who were not interested at the asking price for a player of his age - and if Manchester United are interested, he certainly won't be first choice for them.}

1.) 18 May 2017 20:34:29
Would be ideal player to add some energy to the midfield.

2.) 19 May 2017 07:33:16
Is he still smoking 50 a day and partying every other night? He's a brilliant player who'd improve our midfield immensely but he is damaging his own longevity with his lifestyle.



04 Jan 2017 10:42:59
Ed I'm assuming this is complete rubbish before I even ask, however, there are some rumours today that we are looking at Patrice Evra?

Apparently to solve our issues at left back which I wasn't aware we had since we're very well covered in that position. The only reason I can think of is additional cover since Darmian may be moving although Semedo looks to be the target for that?



{Ed002's Note - I really don't know anything of it.}

1.) 04 Jan 2017 14:13:53
Its based off Rio's twitter and everyone assumes stuff. Apparently its a coaching role next season.

2.) 04 Jan 2017 17:36:19
I would love to see Patrice back at the club in a coaching role. Great player, great guy.

3.) 04 Jan 2017 18:20:26
He could teach Luke Shaw a thing or two about how to look after yourself as a professional athlete.

4.) 04 Jan 2017 19:11:59
I would take him back for 6 months, just like Ibra with rashford, shaw could learn from him for the rest of the season before he moves into a coaching role, who better for shaw to learn from than one of (if not) uniteds best left back.

5.) 04 Jan 2017 19:16:32
Coaching role yes, playing no. We sold him when it was the right time to do so. The pace of the PL was leaving us and him vulnerable. Loved him while he was here, but can't come back other than as a coach for me.

{Ed002's Note - Do you think he is a good coach? Is Mr Mourinho happy with the coaching Evra has been doing to such an extent he has invited him to join the coaching staff?}

6.) 04 Jan 2017 19:34:41
I would give him a try ed, personally, but maybe my heart rules my head on that one. He was a very good full back and we have been a bit short in that department for some time. Can't see it doing any harm having someone with Evra's experience around the place.

{Ed002's Note - Typically Mr Mourinho would not have random ex-players coaching anywhere near the first team simply for sentimental reasons. Downhill from there.}

7.) 04 Jan 2017 19:39:03
Its funny why people would love to invite old players back as coaches, just to have them round like a sentimental thing.

Evra isn't someone going to be drafted in to coach left back, its laughable even considering it.

If he comes back he will be playing, because Jose thinks he can do a job simple as that.

8.) 05 Jan 2017 01:53:49
Ed has a point with the sentimental reasons actually, only have to look at giggs for that one.

9.) 05 Jan 2017 12:54:49
evra got torn to bits on this site for his last 18 month?
people couldn't wait to sell him.

10.) 05 Jan 2017 13:49:23
Good man jred. You are bang on there. Short memories sometimes.

Wouldn't have evra near the coaching unless he proved himself in that department first.



29 Jun 2016 18:01:07
Ed's there have obviously been lots of posts about who's coming in at United but is there any news on interest on the likes of Mata and Blind leaving? It was reported they were likely to leave when Mourinho took over but there hasn't been much news since.



{Ed004's Note - I haven't seen many of our players linked with other clubs}

1.) 29 Jun 2016 21:41:35
Rojo, Blind, Mata and Fellaini hopefully find some suitors.

2.) 30 Jun 2016 11:14:32
Why blind Fresh? Great squad player.

3.) 30 Jun 2016 13:19:17
I agree Irish. I would like him to stay but I'm not sure he will. There are plenty of teams where he would command a regular starring place. We will have to wait and see there had been none of our players with the exception of Damian linked with moves away really.

4.) 30 Jun 2016 15:10:30
Ken I also really want Darmian to stay think next season will be a lot more settled for him.



17 Aug 2015 16:46:21
Eds, I know that previously you've advised United have kept tabs on Toprak, Dragovic and Hinterregger. Has there been any movement on any of these players since Ramos has agreed a new deal and for the past few days Otamendi to City has become clear?



{Ed001's Note - not yet mate.}

1.) 17 Aug 2015 21:39:10
Thanks for the update Ed001. Hopefully we see some movement on a CB soon, any of the above would be an improvement on some of the options we have.



28 Jul 2015 13:06:12
Ed001, quick question if you're not too busy? There has been a lot of talk for weeks now of Otamendi and Ramos but pretty much nothing on any other CB. Obviously we are interested in both of them but do we hold an interest in any other CB's?

It seems likely that we will but they would be 3rd or 4th choice. There aren't many top class CB's around so I feel this is the most crucial signing of our summer as we have little chance of ending up higher than 4th with Smalling, Jones, Rojo and Blind as CB's.



{Ed001's Note - I am sure I wrote a list a few weeks back, I literally can't think who was on there now though. I will sort something out tomorrow when I should finally get some time to spare.}

1.) 28 Jul 2015 16:47:31
No problem. I vaguely recall reading a list actually but I had a scroll through the posts and couldn't find one.

2.) 28 Jul 2015 18:37:53
Ed001 - I don't think anyone has actually asked me about centre backs other than Hummels and Ramos who you all know about. There is Otamendi, Varane (unlikely in the extreme), Vertonghen (again unlikely now as Rojo is there but it was an option considered), Mustafi of Valencia was also considered Moyes wanted him when he came in and the club have kept tabs, Toprak is under consideration, de Vrij enquiry was rejected, Matip is an outside possibility (I know little about him other than he was earmarked if Javi Martinez leaves Bayern as the replacement), Dragovic is one I would not rule out as a possibility as he has been tracked though I have no idea if he is seen as good enough, so the scouts might have watched him a lot and then ruled him out, Stones of course I nearly forgot, Bartra is an outside possibility, Sokratis and Hinteregger.
Those are the ones that I know were very closely tracked over the course of the season just gone.}

3.) 29 Jul 2015 03:07:57
Would love Godin personally, the guy is a warrior and chips in with a load of headed gaols too.

4.) 29 Jul 2015 07:28:50
Martin Hinteregger, plays for red bull Salzburg? This guy is only 22/23 and already showing signs of being a top defender? We could get him for peanuts oppose to £30-40m, could be a very shrewd signing indeed? We already have some good defenders and with these wins against Barca etc all be it there second string side in many ways I think confidence around the squad should and would be sky high! The tours been great and I hope we beat PSG next, and show Manchester Utd are back in full swing! We talked before about someone being good enough and brave enough to make those choices, I think Smalling will be an integral part of what's going to be achieved this season? We forget HE PLAYED under Sir Alex with Rio and Vidic in the side, now it's his turn to make that step up! I for one believe he will, after some shaky moments at the start, he's learned a hell of a lot! Go Smalling, it's your birthday!




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21 Jun 2017 09:29:20
There's been a huge amount of talk about Ronaldo coming back but if Lewandowski is unhappy then he is the player we should be throwing money at to get. He is the perfect striker for the way Mourinho sets up his sides and would be a better option than any other forward we have been linked with.


1.) 21 Jun 2017 10:46:49
I wish we signed him all those years back in Fergies last season.

I believe we were close but we opted for RVP?

Would be a dream signing and the perfect time now though.

2.) 21 Jun 2017 11:04:45
Just appeared online that 'apparently' UTD and Chelski are to hold preliminary talks with Lewandowski.

Bit of a last minute wild card IMO considering what genuine targets have been mentioned on here.

3.) 21 Jun 2017 11:11:31
I don't think ed002 has mentioned lewandowski at all so I wouldn't get too excited.

4.) 21 Jun 2017 11:50:24
And as always, he's been bang on the money with the rumours so far.

5.) 21 Jun 2017 13:22:39

Lewandowski has suddenly become available though, even if he was not on the original list United would be daft not to be looking at him now. Ad Ed002 says things change all the time so just because a player wasn't mentioned a month ago doesn't mean he's not on the radar now, especially if Morata and Belotti are being found to be too expensive.

6.) 21 Jun 2017 14:40:14
That's fair but I'd say the club statement bayern just made puts this one to rest.

7.) 21 Jun 2017 16:35:52
Add to all above, anything that has been said today about Lewondowski seems to be again made up nonsense by media.

And as Bayern quite rightly say were in not all nonsense then it amounts to tapping up/ illegal approach .



11 May 2017 22:16:32
Christ we made that look difficult. If Celta had won comfortably tonight then we couldn't have complained. There are games where being negative is understandable but tonight after scoring the first goal there was absolutely no need for it.

We pumped them in the first leg and should have won by a few and that wastefulness has very nearly cost us. Delighted we're in the final and Ajax have done remarkably well in getting there, but realistically Jose really needs to look at that Ajax team and see that man for man we are a better side and trust that the team will be able to outplay an inferior team.


1.) 11 May 2017 22:45:44
Ajax are young team playing without fear and in Dohlberg have a really great talent. It will be a very hard time for us unless we play to our max.

2.) 12 May 2017 00:10:04
They played with plenty of fear tonight.

3.) 12 May 2017 06:27:56
Mustnt have watched the Lyon game then Hendon!



08 May 2017 19:50:53
One thing that hasn't been mentioned following yesterday's game and is probably the single most disappointing thing was those 2 muppets dabbing in the front row of the away section. That made me want to stop watching more than Mata playing right back.


1.) 09 May 2017 12:58:59
Had they spilt their drink?



28 Apr 2017 11:13:06
I'd say the game yesterday went pretty much as expected in terms of how it played out because of the way Mourinho sets up his sides when they aren't as good as the other team.

As much as it isn't the style of football the majority of United fans want to see, it is the way Mourinho builds a team. When his Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid sides were not the best team on the pitch, Mourinho sets his side up to play to their strengths and frustrate the opposition. His Inter and Real Madrid sides did this to Barca, his Chelsea and Porto sides have done this to us in the past when we were possibly the better side on paper and others.

However on the flip side of this, his Chelsea side also came to Old Trafford and dominated us to win the league and did the same at Stamford Bridge a year later when they were better than us, his Porto side thrashed Monaco when they won the CL as they were the better side. Inter Milan walked Serie A not because they parked the bus but because they were the better side and they outplayed pretty much everyone in the league scoring the most goals and conceding the least. He plays good football when he can but the main objective is winning.

In my opinion Mourinho sets up his team based on how good his team actually is rather than what he wishes they were. It would be great if we went away to City and played beautiful football and come away with an easy win but that isn't realistic. In terms of talent on the pitch last night were City a better team than us? Yes. In terms of talent and form against Chelsea who were the better side when we played a couple of weeks ago? Chelsea. However, we're unbeaten in both those games and arguably had chances last night to win as well despite playing defensively. I like watching Mourinho teams because I like the tactical side of football as well as the entertainment side though I will admit it's not thrilling for everyone.


1.) 28 Apr 2017 12:22:20
I have no problem with pragmatic football providing the right results keep coming down the pipe.

It's all about winning and getting results against the odds.

Very happy supporter.

2.) 28 Apr 2017 12:40:43
So where not as good as city?

3.) 28 Apr 2017 12:44:48
Must be better than Chelsea tho because we didn't set up like that against them .
The mighty city have won 2 of there last 8 games .
Poor gk
Average back 4
Not a great midfield
Decent up top . 4th in the league a full point ahead of us.

4.) 28 Apr 2017 12:54:30
Jred, I think we were not as good as city. Maybe because we missed Zlatan and especially Pogba and Rojo. Perhaps Mata as well.

5.) 28 Apr 2017 13:05:37
City had sterling aguero sane
We had miki rash martial
Honestly don't think there is a lot in that .

Midfield kvd and herrera
Toure fernandinho, carrick fellaini .
Again not a lot in it Imo
We have a better back 4 and gk .
Maybe the big difference is the managers?

Not really playing great city got beat of a average arsenal on Sunday 2 wins in the last 8.

Should we set up like that against arsenal and spurs?

6.) 28 Apr 2017 13:07:44
Jred we set up against Chelsea to stop the best player on the park from playing. We had two players man marking and played a sort of 2422 formation. You don't do things like that if you're the better team do you?

City may only be a point better off than us but the point I made was that if you look at the talent on the pitch last night, City had more than us. If we didn't have Pogba, Ibrahimovic, Mata, Rojo, Smalling, Jones etc missing would it have been a different game? Possibly but then also remember they played us off the park at Old Trafford with a few of those playing when we tried to match them and play a more open game. Also saying City don't have a great midfield is a bit harsh as Toure is probably one of the best midfielders our league has had, De Bruyne is excellent and Fernandinho is also a good player.

Do you think if we went to City with the 11 that started last night and played the open attacking football everyone wants to see we would have won or drew? I think we would have been picked off and it would have been described as the type of naive performance Arsenal produce in many big games.

7.) 28 Apr 2017 13:30:54
There is a middle ground, we where solid but had attacking purpose against Chelsea played on the front foot through out the game .
Chelsea are a far better team than city, which is why they have beat them twice .
And we set up to beat them we set up to draw against city.

Why aren't city top of the league? How did arsenal beat them or Chelsea, how on earth did Everton put 4 on them .
I don't think there cm as a unit is that good and I noticed you never mentioned the back 4 or gk .

If we had of went to Chelsea and employed the same tactics as last night and got a 0.0 draw you would be making exactly the same argument you are now . We never tho, we played on the front foot, took the game to them and played very well.
Didn't get picked off didn't look naive.

8.) 28 Apr 2017 13:35:59
We set up exactly the same against the scouse away, same result same performance.
We had pogba Ibra etc then .
Are Liverpool a better squad than us?
Least amount of possession since opta started doing stats for the Epl last night the previous low was against Liverpool.
Same tactics different players .

9.) 28 Apr 2017 14:01:47
We get it jred, whatever Mourinho does is wrong. Crystal Palace should be top of the league given that they have beaten Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. Right? Man for man, City had the better players, barring De Gea and may be Valencia. Be on the front foot and lose 4-0 and you would be here telling us that Jose was stupid to setup that way. Like it or not, this is how we will play under Jose till he has his players for such occasions. Had Mkhitaryan buried that chance or Herrera put the free header on target, it would have been 3 points with the same bloody tactics. You simply don't play each game with the same tactics or formations.

10.) 28 Apr 2017 14:12:03
Not at all I just don't think we set up like we did because city are such a great team .
A draw at city which we played for and got keeps 4th place in our hands .
Jose is a pragmatic manager who plays the game by numbers .
Draw a city move on to the next game with 4th place still in our own hands.
Should beat Swansea and then put pressure on the scouse against Watford away, which won't be a easy game and they will need a win or we are ahead with a game in hand .
It also needs arsenal looking for points against spurs and us .
Jose said top 3 are sorted it's between us scouse and arsenal for 4th.

Or maybe city are amazing and we are pretty poor and had no choice but to play so defensive against such a good team?

11.) 28 Apr 2017 14:13:55
I totally agree there is middle ground. The Chelsea game we played a different shape but also had an out ball. Things happened in the game yesterday that nullified the out ball we had. Against Chelsea Rashford and Lingard were given more space in behind therefore opening up the long ball, we also had Pogba who looks to pass the ball forward. Young is a more technical player than Darmian he also played against Chelsea. We retained the ball far better against Chelsea than we did for the last hour last night. As good as Chelsea are Hazard isn't going to work incredibly hard and Costa was too busy throwing tantrums or getting involved with Rojo to actually put pressure on our midfield. Therefore again helping us retain possession.

Rashford was isolated for the last hour because Martial and Mkhitaryan were pushed back by Zabaleta and Kolarov. This meant everytime the ball went near Rashford he didn't have support or one of the City players was able to get it back. Compare this to the first 30 mins when Zabaleta and Kolarov were more conservative with their overlapping of the wingers, Martial and Mkhitaryan were able to be 10/ 15 yards further up the pitch. This meant we had more of an opportunity to counter as we could actually retain the ball.

As for the game against Liverpool away, it's their biggest game of the season and the way they play is to put a lot of pressure on the opposition when they have the ball. At that point they were flying, Mane was playing very well and we were stuttering along getting results here and there. Despite that Ibrahimovic still had by far the best chance of that match, one you'd expect him to score 9 out of 10. Liverpool had plenty of shots but nothing you'd call a great chance. If I remember rightly the closest they came was Coutinho trying to score from 30 yards and De Gea made a great save. Imagine the game went exactly the same as it did but Ibrahimovic scores. It's suddenly a masterclass from Mourinho.

Moving forward we are likely to set up very similarly against Spurs away from home to how we set up last night. Against Arsenal we may be more adventurous but it wouldn't be a surprise to see something similar to last night again. Arsenal have such a lightweight midfield I'd expect Pogba to be able to control more of that game than he will be able to against the likes of Wanyama or Dembele.

12.) 28 Apr 2017 14:38:51
I disagree, like I have said above we needed a win against Chelsea so we went for a win . before the Chelsea game we where 6 points behind Liverpool with 2 games in hand . a lose would of taken 4th place out of our hands
Against city, a draw would do and Jose being Jose that's what he went for .
I don't think it has anything to do with city being amazing, us not being able to go toe to toe etc.
It's just Jose taking it a game at a time, it's what he does .
Against spurs if we need a win I'm sure we will go for it if not we probably won't.

But Jose will take it a game at a time and have an eye on others imo .

13.) 28 Apr 2017 14:51:15
Looks like we will have to agree to disagree Jred, however, this is the type of discussion that makes this site great.

As I said above the key point of last night's game was Rashford being isolated. Not City being amazing or us being awful. Had Martial and Mkhitaryan stayed a bit higher up the pitch then I'd say we would have looked more threatening throughout as the game would have been slightly more stretched and we might have been able to keep the ball better. Nevertheless imo it's totally understandable why Mourinho didn't give them that instruction. I'd wager that next season in the same games we set up similarly but come away with more points and goals.



04 Apr 2017 22:11:25
I have to say I think tonight may have been one of the most uninspiring performances I've seen from a United side in a long time. I've seen worse performances but even in them there was some ounce of quality like a player beating a couple of the opposition or an outstanding pass but to watch a United side launch the ball from 40/ 50 yards out for almost the whole 2nd half was dreadful. Slow and sideways football for the first half and launching it long in the 2nd. It was like LVG and Moyes given a half each!

This post isn't intended to be doom and gloom as I still think we have the right manager, plenty of good players and given time we will be back at the top but we still have a good bit to go until then. Hopefully we can win the Europa League and finish the season strongly.

On another point after that performance from our central midfield it's surely time to give Fosu Mensah a chance? He couldn't be worse than what is being produced at the moment. In fact I'm fairly certain he'd be outstanding in a midfield 3 regardless of who he was paired with from our current options.


{Ed025's Note - lots of huff and puff RJ but thats it, i have to disagree on you having the right manager though mate..

1.) 04 Apr 2017 22:23:12
I Would love to see TFM in midfield.

{Ed025's Note - jose thinks fellaini is better tuor..then i ask why?..

2.) 04 Apr 2017 22:31:05
We played well at Goodison and came away with a draw because of a last minute goal. The tables were reversed today. But we still created enough chances to have won the game.

{Ed025's Note - thats fair mate..




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29 May 2017 11:46:20
Perisic would be a good start to our summer business. Our squad needs an out and out winger. However, if he signs I can only see one of Belotti or Griezmann who could be classed as the striker we are looking for even though they are 2 totally different players. Don't need Lucas Moura in my opinion.

2 of Fabinho, Kroos, Brozovic and Matuidi is what we need in order to have a top class midfield. Choosing from Pogba, Herrera, Carrick and 2 of the above gives us good options and different types of central midfielders. The ideal would be Fabinho and Kroos for me.

Our CB search is the one I'm most interested in. I'd love us to sign Van Dijk but Lindelof looks more realistic along with Keane.




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28 May 2017 18:11:08
Ed, on Kroos, I know it has been this way for a while but I'm very surprised that Real would be open to letting him go. I've seen you say he's been offered/ spoken about in deals involving other players but I don't think there is another player in Europe as good as him in the holding playmaker role so it's very surprising they'd be willing to let him go.

I'd be over the moon if we signed him. Ideally he would be deployed in a midfield 3 rather than 2 holding with a 10 ahead.




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19 May 2017 07:33:16
Is he still smoking 50 a day and partying every other night? He's a brilliant player who'd improve our midfield immensely but he is damaging his own longevity with his lifestyle.




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09 May 2017 20:15:14
Fantastic stuff Ed002 much appreciated. Sounds like another very expensive summer ahead for United.




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04 May 2017 16:41:02
Ed would we be willing to sell Martial this summer? I'd imagine Lyon would have to pay a similar amount for Martial as they will get for Lacazette for us to be interested in letting him go?


{Ed002's Note - Manchester United significantly overpaid for him - keep in mind another side were only willing to go th £20M. Lyon would not be looking to pay what they get for Lacazette.}




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07 Jun 2017 13:43:22
Realistically looks like Belotti or Morata both of whom would be a risk for different reasons despite both being good players.

Lewandowski would be the dream signing.

As an outsider what is the opinion on Icardi? He's an excellent finisher and all round forward who is able to play well in as a lone striker.




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06 Jun 2017 15:28:47
He would be a good signing. Personally I rate him highly and hoped we would have signed him. Nevertheless £60m for a CB is a massive outlay. If it was £30/ 40m then I'd be more concerned we haven't looked at him more seriously but we could get Lindelof and another player for that money.




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02 Jun 2017 12:08:37
I agree he's a good player but isn't he going to Juve?




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01 Jun 2017 06:37:51
Terry has in my opinion always been overrated. Great at making that last ditch tackle but a lot of the time the reason that tackle had to be made was because he was out of position in the first place.




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26 May 2017 15:19:26
Both would be excellent signings. Looks as though the Monaco exodus has begun with Bernardo Silva going to City. Gutted he's going there as he is another fantastic player. However, we can't sign everyone.