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02 Jun 2017 09:57:34
Would the AG situation make us see James rodriguez as an option? similar player - not in quality, but possibly ability? If real want degea so bad what do you guys think of a ge gea + £70m for james, kroos and morata? Plus I will not be surprised if we see Zlatan by October, so we may not need a talisman forward so urgently after all.

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{Ed025's Note - is that you ed woodward?...come on ryan mate real are not going to buy that..

1.) 02 Jun 2017 10:11:36
i know ed. bit of a stretch. it may be upwards of £100m if we got all 3. On a side note, does anyone know what is happening with rooney? Surely he can't be considering China, although it may be worth it when we see him try to speak mandarin.

{Ed025's Note - now that would be fun ryan...hes still struggling with english!, i expect wayne to leave united this summer and everton could well be his destination but im spending a lot of time in church praying that hes not mate.. :)

2.) 02 Jun 2017 10:21:41
I don't know ed, he may make a decent replacement for barkley in the squad and can have a good impact on the youngsters - davies being one.

{Ed025's Note - if we want our youngsters hanging around old peoples homes looking for top totty then your right ryan.. :)

3.) 02 Jun 2017 10:58:45
Wouldn't take James or Morata. Neither are good enough.

4.) 02 Jun 2017 11:18:29
Morata is definitely good enough what attacker has scored 20+ goals starting mainly in the bench in Europe still younger enough to improve! Just real madrid overprice every single player he's a 25-30mill player at most!

5.) 02 Jun 2017 11:40:07
Morata is actually quite good at Juventus. It's just that Zidane preferred playing Benzema that you people get a bad impression of Morata.

6.) 02 Jun 2017 16:16:22
Morata for me please.




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03 Aug 2018 16:34:56
Question to all the Eds and posters. Most of the big clubs seem to have a transition plan lasting 2-3 years or sometimes longer. City have been building something for a good 6-7 years now, Real Madrid seem to have a 2 year plan and so do Bayern, pool seem to be building something too. with the post LVG plans scuppered are we thinking of something on these lines or are we just prioritising keeping on a manager for 3-4 years for continuity?

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1.) 04 Aug 2018 02:46:23
Utd don't have any plans, just waiting around for the next crop of 8 superstars to emerge from the academy.

2.) 04 Aug 2018 08:36:50
Fergie ran the club pretty much from top to bottom for the 20 + years, have no doubts about that.
The football club went into a free fall when he left, like a school without a headmaster and only employing substitute teachers.
Moyes getting rid of the likes of phealan and meulenstein was a huge mistake.
I honestly believe that LVG would have brought great structure to the club and instead of screwing him like we did he should have been offered a DOF role as I think at his age he would have been happy working behind the scenes creating a footballing structure for the whole club, la masia type comes to mind.
I think this would have happened too if it were not for the toxics who I believe succeeded in cutting off their nose to spite their face when they got their wish.
I also could have seen allegri working under van gaal as a dof but alas we will never know.
We wanted instant success and unfortunately we're not prepared to let something blossom and grow.
There is no plan with Jose I feel, he is not that type of manager and that is not his fault. We wanted a winner, Jose is a winner, in my opinion corners are cut because of this, i. e. youth academy structure, potential transfers etc.
Problem we have is that this club needs a Dof, now may just not be the right time/ manager for this to happen.
I don't blame Jose for this, I blame the toxics.

{Ed001's Note - you know LVG acted in that role at Ajax for a while and they had to rip it up and start again after he was booted out? He made a complete arse of it.}

3.) 04 Aug 2018 08:54:16
Ah, the toxics. The fans may have been whining, but they whined during SAF’s first few seasons, however Edwards had balls and toughed it out confident he had the right man. I think Woody isn’t cut from the same cloth, and the pressure for instantaneous results is enormous nowadays.

To blame the fans is trite, United is a huge multi million pound brand, if the people in charge crumble on the face of some disgruntled fans then God help us all.

4.) 04 Aug 2018 09:09:55
100% ED and to be fair his ego probably caused him as much strife as it did success in his career.
And absolutely i may be wrong but i think van gaal seen Koeman as inferior to him. I think Van gaal's ego may have been tempered/ reigned in towards the end of his time at United, he was also at the latter stages of his career and knew United was his last chance at glory
Van gaal beleived Koemans Ajax were betraying the Ajax stlye and way of playing which I actually tend to agree with, given Ajax's downfall during this time and after van gaal was sacked, don't forget Koeman was sacked too shortly after. Although Zlatan and Van der Vaart are probably really to blame for this lol
Now i know Koeman had a great season or 2 at Southampton but Everton also stands out for me and the errors made there, mostly regarding transfers tbf.
I just think that Koeman was a lesser version of Van Gaal and i think Louis seen that.

{Ed001's Note - Koeman played the style of football that LVG set out mate. LVG decided the crappy style of play that Koeman continued with after going elsewhere. It was LVG's boring style that was being used.}

5.) 04 Aug 2018 09:15:48
Thats exactly it though AJH, after Fegie left the club had no-one with balls.
Your bang on in what was needed was a Martin Edwards, Gill i wish could have been that man but i think sometimes he is also given a bit too much Credit.
Its because of this that the toxics ended up getting their way.
This is not my opinion, this is fact, we had a succession plan re van gaal/ Allegri but the pressure of winning instantaneously and pressure from toxics changed this.

6.) 04 Aug 2018 09:22:02
The club overall need a strategy then a plan, if they have one it isn’t obvious. The only thing I can see is that the highly regarded McKenna was brought into the first team coaching arena perhaps the club have him in mind for an even bigger role in the future? I was pointing out the issues of transition before SAF retired but it seemed the club didn’t have a plan other than parachute someone in who had the right character rather than ability. I am sure Jose will have a plan but it will depend on whether it is short or long term and then whether the club supports it.

One point I will take up with you is the youth academy structure. We seem to have moved away from the previous aim of developing young players to sell them on for profit. Nicky Butt seems to have an aim, we seem to be bringing some very good young players on board from around the world, Puigmal for example. We have the current England under 17 captain James Garner who Carrick rates highly and made his debut on tour. I don’t know how much effort is put into local Manchester youth which is something City do strongly.

7.) 04 Aug 2018 09:30:20
I have to disagree with you on this Ed001

"Having previously worked together at Barcelona, where Van Gaal was coach and Koeman his assistant, the pair linked up again in 2004 at Dutch giants Ajax. At first, the arrangement seemed clear: Koeman was manager, Van Gaal was director of football. This meant Koeman had to handle all matters connected to the first team, like any manager would, while Van Gaal had to interact with scouts and attract new players. That way, Koeman could to focus on matches without having to worry about transfers.

Concluding transfers and making deals in the boardroom, that was Van Gaal’s job. He wasn’t supposed to stick his nose into Koeman’s training methods. Van Gaal started arranging meetings with Koeman to discuss tactics. Again, Koeman felt like Van Gaal was undermining his authority. Why was Van Gaal trying to tell him what to do? Wasn’t he the manager, and wasn’t he the one calling the shots when it came to tactics? "

Sorry i've taken the above from cause i couldn't be arsed typing this much to explain myself at this ungodly hour

Also on what a **** Koeman was.

"There is a slightly darker side to Koeman which is not widely known - for example his relationship with Louis van Gaal is terrible because of an incident that happened when Van Gaal in the early 2000s when Koeman was a coach at Ajax and Van Gaal was the director of boxers, " said Winner.

"There was a problem in the dressing room. Rafael van der Vaart and Zlatan Ibrahimovic basically were fighting the whole time. They just couldn't stand each other and Van Gaal as director of football came to Koeman and said, 'You have to get rid of them, I don't care who it is because this situation can't go on. Your call, your choice'. And Koeman got rid of Ibrahimovic.

"A short time later, after Ajax lost, I think it was to Bayern, his excuse after the game was that Van Gaal had told him to sell Ibrahimovic. Now, this is not the kind of incident that reflects terribly well on Koeman. "

David Winner, author of renowned Dutch football book Brilliant Orange.

That bits not from 442 but again I've pinched from Internet but this is how i have always understood what has happened. I'm not saying i know intrinsically but my aunt lives in holland, her husband used to youth coach at psv (very small role), i used to get to go to go to psv matches when i was a kid and he reckons Koeman was a **** aswell.

{Ed001's Note - Koeman is but that is not relevant. None of that is. You said LVG would play a different style of football if he had a choice. He wouldn't, Koeman played the way LVG wanted the game played. You are talking about something that has absolutely no bearing on anything I said and claimed you are disagreeing based on something that doesn't say anything of the kind. I can't be arsed, if you want to argue over nothing, don't waste my time with it.}

8.) 04 Aug 2018 09:31:25
It's just life after fergy .
People starting to see how good he was and how lucky we were to have him.

9.) 04 Aug 2018 09:46:01
Ed001 there is a big difference between arguinh and disagreeing. I am doing the latter

I never said anything about VAn Gaal playing a different style of football if he had a choice, (although obviously he would by the fact he disagreed with Koemans) I said that Van Gall believed Koeman was betraying Ajaxs way and style of playing.
Koeman clearly didn't play the way Van Gaal wanted if van gaal was starting to interfere in trainings and tactics as he did.

as for the below
'You are talking about something that has absolutely no bearing on anything I said and claimed you are disagreeing based on something that doesn't say anything of the kind'

I clearly had too many pints last night to be abe to decipher this sorry.

{Ed001's Note - whatever. Not interested. You are trying to start 'disagreements' when you are even admitting you haven't understood anything. Pointless talking to you. Copy and pasting other people's opinions when you haven't even realised they are utterly irrelevant just proves this whole conversation was useless.}

10.) 04 Aug 2018 09:49:48
United has no identity at the moment, or plan, we seem to be spending in hope rather than expectation, City had and still does have a real plan, United under Fergie had real plans, someone at the club needs to take the blinkers off and look at our traditions and history, but maybe the Ed and the Glazers are happy achieving top 4 each year.

11.) 04 Aug 2018 09:52:59
Also sorry if you think i'm arguing with you, i have followed the site for a long time and appreciate the great work you and all the eds do in making this one of the best football opinion sites around.
I'm not having a go, just disagreeing, this is my opinion, it may be wrong but its my own.

{Ed001's Note - I don't care if you are disagreeing or arguing, the point is you are not even discussing the same damn thing I was. You were so busy trying to prove yourself right, you never even bothered to understand what I said.}

12.) 04 Aug 2018 10:05:17
Your replies are out of order Ed001, i'm entitled to my opinion your entitled to yours.
What have I not understood other than your riddle I alluded to above. I have given a reason why I have copied and pasted these opinions rather than type, it was just faster and I have a terrible hangover. I have also clarified that I understood the van gaal scenario the same way.
I kinda don't understand your problem, is that I disagreed with you rather than just say sorry Ed your right I'm wrong?

{Ed001's Note - you didn't disagree with me, that was my point, but you keep saying you are. You just said Koeman was an arse too. You are just making an argument over nothing and continuing it because you still think it is relevant to anything.}

13.) 04 Aug 2018 10:08:20
You basically said lvg was tried as a Dof at Ajax and he made a mess of it. I was trying to provide some context as to why that did not work out and showing that it wasn't a purely van gaal made a mess of it kind of thing. I'm used to fleshing out and providing context for my opinions, sorry won't be so foolish to do so on here again.

{Ed001's Note - but none of it showed that LVG did not fail miserably did it? So you didn't disagree, but you keep arguing. And you are wasting my time. You still have not shown anything to say that LVG did not fail, just that Koeman was an arse.}

14.) 04 Aug 2018 10:21:25
Lol and your the one accusing me of arguing for the sake of it. If I am then we are 2 peas in a pod.
I never said lvg as Dof didn't fail at Ajax, I just tried to provide context of why he did fail.

15.) 04 Aug 2018 10:23:17
And by providing the context I was alluding to the fact that I obviously didn't think it was a given that he would fail in the same way as he did as Ajax if he were to have been given the position as Dof at united.

16.) 04 Aug 2018 10:26:55
Also koeman went to the Ajax board and basically said its either me or him boys. Van gall was sacked as DOF as he got on koemans tits for interfering and also apparently as lvg sold ibra to juve, but as I tried to provide context to earlier, koeman was actually the reason for 1 of zlatan or vdv being sold as well as the bad blood between the players.

17.) 04 Aug 2018 11:30:21
Rosspique- let it rest dude. We are all here due to the eds great site and their hard work. Don't bite the hand that feeds you huh?

18.) 04 Aug 2018 12:00:57
12 days this is what I posted above:

Also sorry if you think i'm arguing with you, i have followed the site for a long time and appreciate the great work you and all the eds do in making this one of the best football opinion sites around.
I'm not having a go, just disagreeing, this is my opinion, it may be wrong but its my own.

I posted an opinion, Ed001 disagreed with me, I didn't accuse him of wasting my time or invalidate my opinion like he did me.

I respectfully disagreed with Ed001, I didn't realise this was unacceptable.

I never set out to cause an argument with Ed001 but it seems I have, again I thoroughly respect yours and the editors works and I apologise if I have upset anyone.

19.) 04 Aug 2018 14:24:37
Moyes was an absolute disaster. LvG wasn't great, treated badly though. And I don't think Allegri would have worked out.



04 Jun 2018 21:56:16
Fred- more like mousa Dembele or more like Anderson?

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1.) 05 Jun 2018 01:10:20
More like Fred to be honest.

2.) 04 Jun 2018 23:24:22
By the time Jose is finished with him He will make him look like djemba djemba the second.

3.) 05 Jun 2018 09:03:12
Plays a lot like Modric but not as silky 😆😆.

4.) 05 Jun 2018 10:29:52
Like midi but not as silky? I've seen Fred numerous times turn defence to attack and go past 2 or 3 pressing players. Don't know who to compare him too play wise. Maybe a dribbling Kante.

{Ed007's Note - Sounds like Ed025, he turns into a right dribbling Kante after a few beers.}

5.) 05 Jun 2018 15:18:01
Like BFRO but his comments are no where near as g😆😆d.

6.) 05 Jun 2018 15:22:23
I had to read your reply twice ed to get an even deeper meaning to your joke. Made me chuckle.

{Ed007's Note - :)



26 May 2018 19:21:14
Dint realise I could ever be so desperate for a Real Madrid win.

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1.) 26 May 2018 20:41:11
Cheeky little arm roll by Ramos. He knows how to take chunks out of anyone and generally get away with it.



29 Apr 2018 19:00:53
There is good research to suggest that people remember experiences through the "peaks" or highs / lows experienced through the course of it and by "ends", how the experienced concluded. I wanted to apply the same theory to the season of the top 3 (at the time of writing) to see how their season so far will be remembered by the fans of the club.

Man city:
Peaks: There have been many highs in the season, most notably due to their style of play and as no one including their fans expected them to be this dominant this season. The 18 game winning run including a few last minute goals will be remembered for long and so will the first trophy under Pep as city lapped up the EFL cup. But city's season was probably spoilt by one club - Liverpool. The loss to Liverpool ruined hopes of an unbeaten season, Loss to Liverpool in the Champions league spoilt the chances of a famous treble and the fist champions league trophy for the club - the one trophy everyone at the club desperately wants and possibly the main reason Pep was brought in.
Peaks score: 4
Ends: Everyone has known for about 4 months that city will be the champions. But as emphatic their dominance has been they find themselves playing the last 6-8 games of the season with nothing to go for but more records and not having the thrill of the possibility to add to the trophy cabinet. Don't get me wrong almost any club will rip your hand off if given the chance to end the season with 100+goals, 100+points (first time ever in the PL) etc. But for the city faithful, the season end may feel a bit flat as compared to the season itself - especially as they sit watching Liverpool in the Champions league and United/ Chelsea in the FA cup final. Plus they would have loved to win the league at Etihad against united and a comeback win for the red devils did give a sour taste in the mouth of a few city fans. More importantly, in a season where everything has fallen your way, and the fans will go away thinking if a different ball had been picked out of the pot in the champions league and sterling had his boots on the right way, this could have been a season that would have gone down in folklore.
Ends score: 4

Man utd:
Peaks: Man utd started the season well but started falling behind city side after a blunt performance at anfield, injury to Pogba and the loss to city at OT which will be remembered for one of the worst corner clearances seen in the premier league. However, they chugged along but their season had nothing noteworthy will the game at emirates which was a neutral's delight and a DDG awesomeness showcase. Comeback victories against Chelsea, Crystal palace and Tottenham in the FA cup helped add some good feeling to the season, but the highlight for any united fan was the win at emirates. Coming back from 2 goals down to win and make sure the noisy neighbours did not win the league in record time against the red side of Manchester did warm the heart of the fans. The loss to Sevilla in a damp and borderline disturbing performance still stings and how much ever jose wants to say that this team is not high enough in quality to compete in the champions league, there is no excuse to go out the way they did against a club like Sevilla, at home.
Peak score: 3
Ends: At the time of writing Man utd are in the FA cup and despite more points, more goals and all the "evidence of evolution" jose seems to recite, the success of their season rests on them winning the FA cup and he knows it. United have won a trophy at Wembley in 2 of the last 3 seasons and even though they have yet to mount a decent title challenge, the fans will demand that as a bare minimum for this season as well.
Ends score: 3.5 (if they win the FA cup) or 2 (if they fail to beat Chelsea)

Peaks: Liverpool's highlights of the season coincide with City's lows a the game at Anfield which had Klopp so high that he swore live on TV and the champions league game at Anfield which made the whole world sit up and take notice of this marauding beast of a team that can toy with, maul and rip apart anyone on their day. 80 mins of the home game against Roma also did the same with everyone asking why they are not challenging city to the tile. The final 10 mins of that game provided an answer to that question. Nonetheless their performances at times have given the fans plenty of memorable nights especially in the champions league which they have set alight - more so than Monaco did last time around and Klopp's Dortmund sides did a few years ago. let's just hope they don't lose their prize assets like Monaco and his Dortmund sides. Loss to westbrom and Leicester killed their chances of a domestic cup rained a little on their season's parade but that seems long forgotten with their recent performances.
Peaks score: 3.5
Ends: Finishing in the top 4 and if Liverpool win the Champions league, which they can very well do, this will be their best season since that night in Istanbul in 2005 and one player who will be responsible for it more than most is Mo Salah. I don't think even Klopp would have thought he will have half thea impact he has had so far. And if one of your players is having the season of his life and has scored 40+ goals without injuries, you want to make sure you win something big that season. I have no doubts salah will have a good season next year, but don't think his numbers will be this good next season so Liverpool fans will be desperate to get that trophy with the big ears. But given people would have taken top 4 and a decent cup run Liverpool would feel like they have ended the season pretty well.
Ends score 4 (if they win the champions league) or 2 (if they don't)

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29 Apr 2018 11:43:28
Six points to second place and three if we win today. I hope we put in a performance and then get to see more of mctominay, Gomes, Chong and maybe greenwood for a few games this season.

On a separate note, Ed mentioned that RB may not be seen as a requirement next season- could that mean good news for TFM or is Victor going to be shifted there?

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{Ed004's Note - I would guess it means good news for Mensah but I don't know if Valencia, Mensah and Young is good enough to compete in the short term.}

1.) 29 Apr 2018 13:18:39
Think we really need to invest in a rb this summer. Valencia has been a great servant but he seems to have lost that half yard of pace, offers next to nothing going forward, and seems to be caught out positionally recently. Happy to have him as back up. Interesting the idea of Fosu mensah at right back. Whilst I think his best position will be cm, I think he’s done really well at rb for palace. Perhaps Jose will give him a run there to cement his place. However, I’ve got this horrible feeling Jose will look move Ashley young there and then sign a new left back. Young seems to be a real favourite of jose’s.

2.) 29 Apr 2018 14:17:29
Park, you maybe right. Jose likes players who can do a job and young does that 8 times out of 10. Plus he is a much more consistent crosser than any of our other full backs. I would expect him to be a constant presence in the subs bench. With Blind, damian, shaw and possibly Rojo leaving the club, i think we definitely need a LB.

I reckon Jose believes he can improve TFMs ability as a defender and from what i have read about the lad he is one who will get his head down and work which makes it easier to stamp consistency into his game. Like i mentioned LIndelof may be a contender as well - has been decent when played at RB this season.




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03 Aug 2018 16:38:48
Eric - I think so too. A back 3 would suit us well, especially if we move Pogba on and let mata/ Lingard play at 10. Willian on one wing with Young on another - we will never attack with both wingers anyway. Will give Sanchez the chance to play up top with Lukaku who looked immense against Brazil in that position. Toby’s passing out of defence is also outstanding which is needed with a back 3.

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07 Jun 2018 19:03:25
First name Griez?

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03 Jun 2018 10:44:26
i flipping hope so mate! he would be the perfect midfield signing. available for the right price as well given what Ed002 said a while ago. can tackle, can pick a pass and always looks forward. Closest thing we will have in midfield to scholes since he left.

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19 Feb 2018 10:16:07
Prefer lemina from Southampton to be fair. He would add good engine to our midfield.

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29 Jan 2018 14:03:03
oh please let it be malcom / pulisic.

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05 Feb 2019 11:38:38
Brilliant Shappy!

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15 Jan 2019 12:52:51
Ruben Neves is the best replacement i think. has done really well in the prem so far. would not mind declan rice either depending on how he does over the next few months.

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29 Oct 2018 07:04:22
That’s a bit unfair CSM. I don’t think many of us expected AS to be this bad when he signed. He was one of the top 5 players in the premier league at Arsenal. But here he doesn’t get goal side enough. And he is never going to regain his form if you don’t play him. We have all seen Martial be lazy in tracking back and be inconsistent over a few games. Yes, he has the talent and is getting into better areas to support the team but he needs to do more of what he did yesterday to become a regular starter at Man Utd. You can’t disagree that Martials agent stirred up things in the summer saying he wants to leave when the player himself has said he has never had any issues with Mourinho.

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12 Aug 2018 07:27:22
Redman, I hear what you are saying. But arrant the owners the same people who put in place a solid marketing model that made it match easier to pay the loans? Moreover once the loans are manageable the money generated will go towards the club and line their pockets - like all businesses. But without the infrastructure to rake in so much income we won’t be able to spend all this money we have been spending. Would you rather not have much money to spend and be debt free?

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11 Aug 2018 20:47:53
Spot on mate. You can understand why fans of other teams say we are spoilt. If we feel the team owes us entertainment then we owe them unconditional support through thick and thin.

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