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20 Jan 2018 08:52:54
Ed, are we still looking at Jose Gimenez from Atletico or is Umtiti our main CB target?



{Ed002's Note - Barcelona won't be selling Umtiti - Gimenez right now seems happy where he is after an approach from another English side was rejected by the player.}

1.) 20 Jan 2018 12:31:53
Cheers Ed. Hopefully we see a quality centre back signed in the summer. Not long until we get the annual Raphael Varane wants to work with Jose again stories.



21 Aug 2017 14:23:32
Ed, Sky are reporting United are considering a bid for Ryan Sessegnon. Do you see us making a bid for him? Thanks.


{Ed004's Note - I've no idea. It looks like all the top clubs are keeping an eye on him}

1.) 21 Aug 2017 16:07:34
Apparently we are willing to buy and loan back like we did with Smalling. Seems a good deal for Fulham if they are willing to do business.

2.) 21 Aug 2017 16:38:50
He's certainly a player who looks very promising. However, he's nowhere near ready for the top end of the PL so a loan back for a year or two makes far more sense.

3.) 22 Aug 2017 15:24:51
More of an age issue with him, Ed002 said this months ago, possibly around January. You have to remember he is still a kid, whoever buys him will have to loan him back to Fulham. But, he does look like a talent.

4.) 22 Aug 2017 16:57:54
Seen him play a few times as my mate is a Fulham fan and I take his tickets when he can't go.

Actually started as a winger but injuries forced him into full back. His has a great engine and gets up and down the line well. Needs to work on his 1 v 1 defending a little but that will come.

His brother, Steven, was rated the better prospect before a bad injury, he's at Fulham too. Apparently he is a little reluctant to leave his family and his family will not let him go anywhere that he's not looked after. Not just financially.

Not ready for us yet but a loan in both the championship and maybe another in the EPL and he would be perfect to rotate with Shaw.



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.




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14 Mar 2018 08:07:17
It's very rare nowadays that I get genuinely angry about a game football. However, last night was one of those rare occasions.

On Saturday with a few of my mates, I criticised Jurgen Klopp for never having a plan B. This is a criticism that can be generally be levelled at Come and Wenger as well. Rarely in his managerial career can that be levelled at Mourinho. Last night though, it can. If plan A was to be direct, quite deliberate in our passing and play up to Lukaku and Fellaini then fine. It's not the most enthralling but it is how Mourinho wants to set up and how he feels we can get success. When this doesn't work because Sevilla have smarter midfielders and defenders who can cope with a long ball unlike Liverpool, there has to be some other way of playing? The players looked lost last night and as much as Mourinho's tactics were poor, the players should also shoulder part of the blame. I get that Mourinho has his way of playing but when you as a £300k p/ w player can see it isn't working surely you can try something different? Surely, you aren't so terrified of a manager that you refuse to do anything other than what he says when what he has told you is extremely ineffective? Play quicker, maybe try to beat a man? Take some responsibility? Those moments need someone to realise the game isn't going the it should be and they go and make a difference. Think Keane vs Juve or Beckham vs Greece. Was it tactical genius that led to Keane grabbing a game by the balls and hauling United through? No. Was it tactical genius that led to Beckham haring all over the pitch doing the work of 3 men in the 3nd half then scoring a last minute free kick? No. It's big players making a difference.

I fully believe that United playing at 70% could have beaten Sevilla. They are an average side and everyone in the last 8 will be desperate to draw them. If we had gone out to Real Madrid or Barcelona playing this way, I would still be angry but I would understand the caution and the reasons for it. You want to ensure the likes of Messi, Suarez, Ronaldo and Bale are kept quiet. You don't think that about Luis Muriel, Joaquin Correa or Franco Vasquez.




25 Feb 2018 12:56:25
Sent before I'd finished writing my last post.

Other than what I've already said, I think we will see a 3 in midfield of Pogba, Matic and McTominay with McTominay playing on the right hand side of the 3 to give more cover against Hazard who will likely not be played as a false 9 today, he will probably play from the left.

We hopefully will see Shaw and Valencia at full back and ideally for me Bailly and Jones. However, if Jones isn't fit it will end up being Smalling. Generally I'd do anything to avoid playing Smalling but Morata is a very physical opponent and Smalling tends to be better at dealing with the physical side of things compared to Lindelof.




25 Feb 2018 12:51:59
It's going to be interesting to see how we set up today. There has been a lot of criticism directed towards Mourinho's tactics over the past few weeks but if anything I think the criticism will make him even less likely to change.

Chelsea won't change the 3 at the back which means it's probably going to be a difficult day for Lukaku. His hold up play has improved and has actually been pretty good for the past few months. However, any ball played up to him is going to result in him battling with a couple of defenders and potentially Kante. This for me is the most important part of the game today, if we get support to Lukaku quickly with the likes of Sanchez, Martial, Rashford or Lingard the Chelsea's wing backs can be got at defensively particularly on the break. If Lukuku can hold up for a second or two and lay off to one of these we will get into some very good positions. Alonso has been very good in an attacking sense at Chelsea but he is not what you think of when you think of a modern full back/ wing back. He is not massively athletic so I hope we target him with Rashford starting on the right. Rashford is also more likely to provide good cover for our right back than Martial in my opinion.




01 Feb 2018 07:01:23
The game last night proved a couple of things beyond any doubt:

1. We are inept when it comes to playing against sides who are energetic and press high. If teams go at us, several of our players seem to lose all ability and just go backwards. City, Liverpool and Spurs are the 3 teams who play this way every week and funnily enough we have struggled to play much good football against them over the past couple of years. Against teams like this, the most important thing is keeping the ball once you win it back. We don't do this and the best sides do not start making daft mistakes as soon as they are pressurised which does happen with a few of our players.

2. Chris Smalling might be the only player in the Premier League who is genuinely terrified of having a football at his feet. Unless he is grabbing shirts or committing unnecessary fouls he is extremely uncomfortable. Needs to go asap.

3. Paul Pogba cannot play as one of only 2 Cm's against anyone half decent. On his day Pogba is our best player and we should be working to make sure he is given the chance to be at his best more often. I've posted about this before but he is expected to do too much in this team which last night led to him doing nothing. He is poor defensively and until we play 3 in the centre of midfield, when Pogba plays against good teams we willl struggle badly. It's great that Martial and Lingard have been in good form, however, Mourinho seemed to completely abandon his general tactics against Spurs which is to ensure Eriksen has no room. Dropping one of Lingard or Martial may not have been a popular move but to add another midfielder, Carrick would have been my pick, it would have been the right move. Hindsight is 20/ 20 but this seemed fairly obvious before the game. Carrick would have provided protection for the back 4 as well as some much needed composure on the ball. Ideally Lindelof could have started at the back as well as he has a bit of ability on the ball.

4. Shaw is our best left back

5. We need to get support to Lukaku quicker. Mourinho tactics tend to see us retreat into our half before applying pressure. However, this leaves Lukaku isolated. His hold up play has actually been quite good over the last couple of months but there is only so good you can be when up against 2 good centre backs and a defensive midfielder at one time.

Much of the above is already fairly clear in my opinion but the yesterday was one of the poorest performances I've seen from United in a long time. I still think we will finish top 3, however, if we have aspirations of winning the top prizes again, we need more composure throughout our team, need to play 433 and while I don't see us adopting a high press tactic similar to Liverpool or City, Mourinho needs to be a little bit braver to pressure an extra 10/ 15 yards up the pitch.


1.) 01 Feb 2018 08:12:27
I agree with most of what you say but in my opinion Carrick would not have been the right choice either. I agree we needed to play three in midfield but what we lacked was a player who is quick of the mark and able to keep up with spurs’ movement. Carrick at 36 would not of suited that game either. We seem to be lacking in that area so out of the options we have I would probably have opted for Herrera alongside matic and pogba.

2.) 01 Feb 2018 08:52:46
I agree we've struggled against the top teams. Hit and miss at home against them but mourinho record away to them has been poor since he joined united. Been outplayed in the majority of those games.
Our form against the lesser sides has been very good however which is why we are where we are in the league table.
It's worth noting we had a very good record home and away against the big sides under van gaal who liked posessopn but his tactics meant we struggled to break down the lesser sides.

3.) 01 Feb 2018 15:15:29
Can one game prove all that?



15 Aug 2017 08:59:06
Moving on from the weekend I was wondering what is happening with any outgoings from the club? A month of do ago there were numerous players who could have ended up leaving but we haven't really seen any departures from the first team squad.

Rojo, Shaw and Young are injured, Jones started at the weekend and looked very good, Smalling looks likely to stay as Lindelof looks like he is going to be eased in gradually. Add to this Darmian seemingly confirming he is staying, Martial scoring and assisting at the weekend and Fellaini's move to Galatasaray being pulled is it likely we see any major departures before the end of the window?


1.) 15 Aug 2017 09:47:43
Money men will want to trim the squad, manager would like a fat squad to challenge with. I suspect a few will leave, but only when some arrive.

2.) 15 Aug 2017 10:20:57
You imagine that Young is off once he recovers. Possibly Blind if Rojo recovers as I feel Rojo is rated by Jose. Darmian is a matter of time.

Midfield looks pretty rammed too. Fellani will go end of this season. Mata, even though I love the guy, could be surplus, depends on how well Pereira does . I don't want Martial to go anywhere but if he does, I pray its only a loan or we get a buy back clause if we sell him.

Valencia is 32 and now has Lindelof, TFM, Tuanzabe chasing him down. wouldn't mind if he stayed as a squad player but definitely not starting next year. Especially if Aurier is coming in too.

3.) 15 Aug 2017 11:24:57
Dont forget we moved some players on; Bastian, Schniederlin, Depay and now Rooney and even Zlatan.

4.) 15 Aug 2017 13:24:04
Young was gone if he wasnt injured. I really don't think Darmian is consistent enough for a top 4 side and will go sooner rather than later . Blind is a strange one, reads the game well and is a decent hard working guy . but does he really have the managers total support? a decent offer and he could be a shock departure.

Fellani gone within 12 months, possibly Smalling in 12 months.

5.) 15 Aug 2017 21:17:59
I think a few will leave in January and if everyone was fit then they would be gone now don't know were these stories about Felliani going come from there no chance of him leaving this year or next Jose rates him and he clearly has attributes that help the team not the best footballer but route one not many better glad to See him further up the pitch battering people.

6.) 16 Aug 2017 10:28:04
If all the players were fit then 2/ 3 would now be leaving such as Young, Blind etc.
If Aurier is signed then Darmian will go.
Apart from this all the rest will stay until January when hopefully the injured players are fit and Jose can let a couple go like last season.
The wage bill is probably not too bad because despite the new signings we have got rid of Depay, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Rooney and Ibra this year.
Really don't want us to sign a wide player (unless Bale etc) as want to see Radhford and Martial to get their chance this season.




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31 Jan 2018 18:12:04
It would be a great end to the window if we were able to get Jorginho as well. Maybe Darmian going the other way as I think Napoli were interested in him? Even if we don't, it shows we have an intention to bring in a Carrick replacement as a priority in the summer.




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31 Jan 2018 07:14:01
Blind has very good passing ability and seems to have a very good understanding of the game. However, I don't think he could replace Carrick.

Physically, Blind would struggle against teams that press high as he isn't quick enough not does he have the strength to hold people off. Carrick isn't the quickest but because of his awareness and ability to shield the ball is an excellent passing central midfielder.

If we have a good offer for Blind I'd say take it. We still have 5 CB's if he leaves and Shaw, Young, Darmian (doesn't look like he is leaving this window) and Rojo can all play left back. Next season we should have TFM back and he can fill a utility role in the squad.




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20 Jan 2018 12:31:53
Cheers Ed. Hopefully we see a quality centre back signed in the summer. Not long until we get the annual Raphael Varane wants to work with Jose again stories.




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18 Jan 2018 07:18:37
Wouldn't Sanchez have the same wage demands regardless of who was in for him? If his agent says he wants x amount per week then that is surely what he will be asking any interested party?

We have had plenty of players on huge wages over the past few years who have not done enough to deserve such sums. Schweinsteiger, Depay, Rooney (his last contract), Di Maria even Ibrahimovic being re-signed. Ultimately if Sanchez signs and is fantastic for the next 3 or 4 years no one cares about the money spent. The majority of the time people talk about money in sport is when it has been wasted, to me Sanchez seems like he is more likely to succeed than fail.




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24 Aug 2017 14:38:36
I agree GDS, as long as he is happy being 2nd choice behind Lukaku then we are fine.

Obviously having Rashford or Martial getting more time through the middle is good and beneficial for them but ultimately Jose doesn't play strikers like them as his number 9. It's always a target man so it's unlikely that even if we have good cup runs they would have got a huge amount of game time there. It took Zlatan to do his knee before either were played there with any consistency last season. Really hope to see them given a lot of game time on the left or right.





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21 Feb 2018 18:58:41
Very surprised with the line up. If Bailly is 100% he should be starting alongside Lindelof for me. Young for Shaw makes no sense and Pogba being dropped for this game is very strange.

Huge risk from Mourinho and if it doesn't pay off then he could look a bit daft.




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17 Feb 2018 15:13:22
Cheers guys. I agree that it is probably true that regardless of who we sign we won't see a different style of football. I've been hoping we sign a passing midfielder like Jorginho and another CM like Milinkovic Savic. However, if Jorginho is left in a midfield 2 with Pogba or Matic etc then he will look like a poor player even though he isn't.

Tactically I'd like to see Jose be a bit more flexible but I can't see him changing too much now in his coaching career. I personally think he will move on to national management after leaving us, whether this be in a year or 2 or 5 or 6 years time.




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17 Feb 2018 11:53:24
The lack of aggressive pressing isn't just a personnel issue, it's a tactical one. Mourinho isn't someone who employs tactics similar to that of Klopp, Pep or Pochettino. I very much doubt he ever will be someone who sets his teams up in a similar way to thead managers.

Mourinho is a pragmatist to a fault at times. I think we have a few players such as Sanchez, Rashford, Herrera and others who would be perfect for a side who pressure the opposition immediately after losing the ball. However, others in the side aren't well suited to this. We could go and sign players from Spurs, Liverpool, Napoli and City who all relentlessly pressure opposition but under Mourinho they would not play in the same way. He prefers his teams to start putting pressure on the ball once they enter our half.

Undoubtedly in a few years the style of football that the other managers I mentioned try to implement will have been figured out and there will be a new style which everyone wants to copy, similar to how everyone wanted possession football a few years ago.

Ultimately I think Mourinho has failed to adapt his tactics enough over the past few years and people have worked out how to beat his low block and counter attack style. The one time I can recall him making a huge tactical change with us was against Chelsea last season. We played well that day but there hasn't been enough of these tweaks.




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10 Feb 2018 13:29:47
Could we move for Alderweireld? Don't think he has signed a new deal at Spurs yet and his current one runs out in 18 months. Obviously very unlikely but for me he is one of the best CB's in the world now.

If it was up to me, next season we would have Bailly, Lindelof, Tuanzebe, a new top quality CB and one of Blind or Rojo as our CB options (probably Rojo) . Jones has been good when fit but I feel like we have been saying that for 5 years. He doesn't stay fit and hasn't shown any sign that will change. Smalling is the player in the squad who can't do anything right imo. I think every fan of every team has a player in their team's they just have no confidence in. Smalling is that for me. Zero ability with the ball, pulls shirts more than any other defender in the league and has mistakes in him.




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28 Jan 2018 10:08:25
So basically lots of problems then Ed! I don't actually mind Matip too much. I think he's done ok, not great but ok considering the cover around him. There's a real lack of quality CB's at the moment. Also good stuff writing this every day, it's an interesting read.


{Ed001's Note - Matip is god awful. The worst defender I have seen in many a year. I have seen milk turn quicker. Never known anyone to show so little pace when running back towards his own goal, when he can stride the other way at a decent lick. Lazy mind and really weak.

Thank you mate, I am glad you enjoy.}