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17 Jun 2019 19:34:47
Ed002, Just wondering if the recent media reports of United having an interest in Issa Diop has any substance or if it's just media fantasy?



{Ed002's Note - West Ham implied there has been some interest.}

1.) 17 Jun 2019 20:19:03
Ed, has anything changed on the CB interest front aside from this?
Are the club in contact with any clubs regarding specific players?

{Ed002's Note - The club will have been talking to agents and to some clubs. If they persist with Diop them I think you can scratch KK from the list. And I gave an update recently.}

2.) 17 Jun 2019 21:34:44
Am I being thick, who's KK?

{Ed004's Note - Kalidou Koulibaly?}

3.) 17 Jun 2019 22:11:42
Yeah, I was being thick😂.

4.) 17 Jun 2019 22:13:25
From looking at Diop he looks like the player you wish Smalling was. He has all the defensive attributes but is good on the ball. Not elite on the ball yet but very solid. I think Tuanzebe needs the year long loan to a Premier League team like Villa to see if he's able to cut it then can be an exciting addition to our backline next season. Would be a lot happier with the club spending £60m on Diop than £80-90m on Maguire. Hard to pick between the two right now ability wise, then think of where Maguire was at when he was Diop's age (22yo) . A backline of Shaw, Diop, Lindelof (Capt, hopefully) and AWB is alright a little inexperienced but hella exciting! All very good at actual defending while being confident and comfortable on the ball. We live in hope.

5.) 17 Jun 2019 22:16:35
Thank god for that i was thinking kevin Keegan.

6.) 17 Jun 2019 22:35:22
Thanks, Ed.

7.) 17 Jun 2019 23:09:09
Dont know how good Diop is but i just hope we don't spend 60 mil plus on Maguire. He will be another Jones and Smalling but a expensive version.

8.) 18 Jun 2019 01:40:06
Quoted from sky. so believe what you will.

“West Ham want a player in return in any potential deal that would see Diop depart for Old Trafford but United are not willing to give the Hammers the player they want”

Any clue on who the player they want is?

9.) 18 Jun 2019 07:18:22
Ken, my first thought was Kevin Kilbane 😂.

10.) 18 Jun 2019 07:45:28

11.) 18 Jun 2019 10:07:11
Apparently the player they want is Martial.

12.) 18 Jun 2019 10:48:12
How about Diop and Declan Rice for Martial plus cash?
I would definitely take it.



18 Mar 2019 22:19:22
Ed002, are United still interested in Carlos Soler? You mentioned him as a possible target a while back and I've kept a close eye on him since. Looks like he will be some player.


{Ed002's Note - No, but there is interest from another EPL side in Carlos Soler.}

1.) 19 Mar 2019 06:32:16
Thanks, that's a shame he looks like he will become a top player.



26 Jan 2019 08:49:10
Do the Ed's or any fellow posters know anything about the young 17 year old African midfielder Hanson MBopp we have been linked to this morning?


1.) 26 Jan 2019 09:15:01
One hit wonder.

2.) 26 Jan 2019 09:21:46
DDG 1, bravo, take the rest of the month off. You win the site. :)

3.) 26 Jan 2019 09:30:05
Shappy you ok lectured us a couple of weeks ago telling and urging us not to read these types of rumours. are you bi-polar 😂😂😂😂.

4.) 26 Jan 2019 10:17:53
DDG1, comment of the month, bravo 👏🏻.

5.) 26 Jan 2019 10:30:30
Saturday morning fishing Shappy?
DDG1 one for the archives that answer is!

6.) 26 Jan 2019 10:46:46
Duwudada doowapp.

7.) 26 Jan 2019 11:53:42
DDG1, I'll have to get up a little earlier if I want to catch you. lol. I was hoping everyone had been out celebrating last night, hoped I'd catch a few. lol.

8.) 26 Jan 2019 12:33:45
We're looking at quote a lot of young players. Hearing a lot of things about young Swiss midfielder Toby Le Rone.

9.) 26 Jan 2019 13:04:21
Mort, I've heard he's quite tasty. Lol.

10.) 26 Jan 2019 13:52:10
Good with triangles too.

11.) 26 Jan 2019 13:53:55
A bit up and down.

12.) 26 Jan 2019 14:17:42
Probably still be better than floppy keita.

13.) 26 Jan 2019 15:15:55
I hear he’s a nougat’y young Midfielder.
Gets stuck in.

14.) 26 Jan 2019 15:54:06
A good run and this site is a joy to visit. Top work boys.

15.) 26 Jan 2019 18:49:05
I wonder what's happened to our cheerful friend Beast.

16.) 26 Jan 2019 23:02:49
I do miss beast he had some good input most of the time.



23 Jan 2019 11:58:06
Ed002, I see we are being linked in the press with a move for Paul Mitchell again. Obviously the fact that he has worked with Pochettino at two different clubs and Pochettino is apparently our number one target is the basis of these links.

Are the club interested in Mitchell? And what's your opinion of him as a candidate for the Director of football role our club is pursuing?



{Ed002's Note - Red Bull think a lot of him and for the past couple of months have been exploring a new global role for him as another EPL side has shown an interest. I am not aware of any approach by MU.}

1.) 23 Jan 2019 18:31:19
Cheers, Ed002.

{Ed002's Note - I would not want to see MU opt for Mitchell. It would not work in my opinion, but maybe to really move a head the club need to take the knife to the bad part of the apple?}

2.) 23 Jan 2019 18:40:03
Which part of the club is the bad part, in your opinion, Ed?

{Ed002's Note - The pointed bit.}

3.) 23 Jan 2019 20:14:34
Fascinating, from what I can find out about Mitchell he sounds like a United fans dream. Looks towards youth, won't sign players to block the pathway of young players, has unearthed some great signings for the clubs he works for.

So why do you feel Mitchell wouldn't work? And what is the bad part of the apple you allude to?


4.) 24 Jan 2019 06:06:39
The problem with that Shappy is blooding youth and winning trophies in basically impossible at this current time. We have a few very talented kids coming through, but what manager would risk their job here trying to make sure the kids get their chance?

5.) 24 Jan 2019 06:46:23
Mumbles, the right one for our club. We have only ever had consistent success under two managers. Sir Matt and Sir Alex, both built that success on blooding youth players.

Giving youth a chance is what Manchester United is about, a 80 year record of having an academy graduate in the match day squad is unmatched by any club anywhere in the world.

6.) 24 Jan 2019 10:30:17
Thanks for the info ed. Is it true that Andrea Berta is reconsidering now that Jose has left? I thought he was one of the people who jose was happy to work with? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of anything happening with Andrea Berta right now.}

7.) 24 Jan 2019 11:06:28
Perfect thanks for the swift reply Ed.

8.) 24 Jan 2019 15:57:50
Isn't an apple with a pointed bit just a pear?



01 Nov 2018 21:36:19
Teams for the Matt Hawker Charity Cup 2019 - brought to you by Boyne Valley
15th June 2019

Ed001's - Lee's United

( C ) Ken
Benny Baller
John From Wigan
Magic Marl
Red Reaper
Saints-fan (GK)

Ed002's - Frunobulax Rovers
( C ) Koppite_68
Red Rout
Grandmaster Ramrod (GK)
Mermaid Megger
MK scouser

Big thanks to 077 for setting up the live chat, and to 001 and 002 for giving their time, and once again, supporting the football-rumours charity match, in aid of Macmillan Nurses and Seva Foundation.

Would love an attendance from fellow posters. I know most of use will be going out for some bevvies after. So well worth the trip guys.


1.) 02 Nov 2018 15:05:33
Don't worry Shaps, I got your back.

2.) 02 Nov 2018 16:43:52
And watch yours james😁.

{Ed002's Note - I'll have a large gin and tonic please.}

3.) 02 Nov 2018 17:28:15
I think there might be more United fans on our team. So I guess the site will have to be on our side. lol.




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Thoughts on Manchester United Football Club

22 Jun 2019 19:09:08
{Ed's Note - Shappy has posted a new article entitled, Thoughts on Manchester United Football Club


1.) 22 Jun 2019 20:11:57
I would seriously worry if we went into a 6th consecutive season without a credible right winger. We need to take some attention away from that left hand side as currently we are so one dimensional.

We all know mata can not play there successfully even if he has one of the best goal and assist ratios and its asking a lot of dan james to start there reguarly.

2.) 22 Jun 2019 21:31:11
I think you could have a point about De Gea Shappy but if anyone deserves £350k per week at Utd it's him. He's been our only world class performer since SAF retired. At 28 his reflexes shouldn't deteriorate too rapidly and goalkeeper is one of those positions which you kind of take for granted when you have a great one but are left scratching your head and screaming in frustration when you don't. I wouldn't write him off just yet and finding a good keeper is notoriously difficult. We'll miss him when he's gone.

I like Diop the boy is an athlete and has potential but he's still very raw. I'm not sure getting him out of West Ham will be cheap and anything north of £60m represents a big risk. As it stands I'm not convinced he's any better than what we've already got although I accept he has potential. In my opinion we should target Maguire, the bloke is a proven, consistent performer, he's strong, robust, great in the air and good on the ball. I think he'd make an excellent partner for Lindelof. I'm surprised you don't rate him and when looking for a CB I think we must also consider who would make the best partner for Lindelof. Maguire would add some much needed steel as Lindelof sometimes struggles with the physicality of the premier league and isn't as dominate in the air. Maguire also plays on the left side meaning Lindelof could continue to play on his favoured right side.

I really like Madison I think he'd be an excellent addition but getting him and Maguire out of Leicester this summer isn't going to happen.

I must confess I know nothing about Haller.

I'll get absolute pelters for this but I don't think we need the churn that some desire. I think the re-build should be done slowly and methodically with planing for the next 2-3 windows already in mind. Whilst planning for the future we must also take care of the present.

Our aim next season should be to play a more exciting and expansive brand football whilst laying the foundations for the future. We can forget the title, finishing 3rd or 4th is a realistic target and I see us battling in our own little mini league with Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs for Champions League qualification.

If I held the reigns of power at Old Trafford I'd target AWB, Maguire, Fernandes and Nicolas Pepe. Apart from the latter we've been linked with all those players and all are available for the right price.

I'd definitely look to offload Sanchez, Darmian, Rojo, even Pereira, TFM and some others around the periphery of the squad.

I'd keep Pogba and Lukaku. I can hear the gasps and groans but replacing them both is this window would be a mistake. I don't think we'll get the money we want for Pogba and whilst I constantly hear we should only retain players that want to be at the Club top level sport is slightly more complicated that that. Pogba signed a contract and as a professional athlete he'll understand that he probably doesn't hold the negotiating power until next summer. I'd expect him to leave next year for Madrid but if he helped us to a top 4 finish whilst allowing Fernandes to settle we could look to replace him next year.

With regard to Lukaku replacing his goals would be difficult. I see no reason with a good pre season why he couldn't compete with Rashford for a starting position. It will allow us time to assess Daniel James and Greenwood and we'll know more much about Rashford and Martial by this time next year.

De Gea, AWB, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, Pogba, Fernandes, Martial, Pepe, Rashford.

3.) 22 Jun 2019 21:33:11
more concerned about going into the season without a goal scorer.

4.) 23 Jun 2019 01:09:52
Maguire is not the answer. Another example of one good tournament for England and the media hype them up. I don't even think he's Leicesters best defender. If he is worth 70+ million then all of us are worth 20 million minimum.

5.) 23 Jun 2019 01:37:45
dlib why do you want to keep players that do not want to be here should be out the oor first.

6.) 23 Jun 2019 06:00:46
Tobi from spurs £30 million, prem experience, English speaking, short term fix for our main problem for 2yrs! Shift Jones n rojo.

7.) 23 Jun 2019 08:11:12
Maguire is an upgrade, but not one that is worth anywhere near the 90m it would cost to sign him. He would solve the issue of dealing with high balls. But his positioning is awful he often gets dispossessed in dangerous areas and he isn't particularly quick. He would be a bad signing.

Pogba has to go regardless of talent has he has proven he will be a disruptive influence if he doesn't get his way.

Pepe has a huge price tag and a questionable attitude. Too much of a risk considering that the key thing for us this summer is getting people in with the right attitude while moving those on with the wrong attitude.

8.) 23 Jun 2019 10:17:25
Dazw- I don't buy into this theory about players not wanting to play for the Club, he's a professional footballer not a fan. He might see his career elsewhere which is understandable but for those that think it will be plain sailing once he's gone are about to get a reality check. I have no issue selling him this summer if the money is right and we get adequate replacements but I have no faith that will happen and we'll be left with a gaping hole in midfield. I understand this is an unpopular point of view but if we let the likes of Pogba, Lukaku and De Gea all leave in the same window without adequate replacements I fear we'll plummet down the table and be in crisis before Christmas. I want OGS to succeed and for him to do that I think he's needs a long term plan and keeping the likes of Pogba for another season will help him more than hinder him. We're not talking about a team going for the title but looking to finish 4th so he can build for the future. I think Pogba will give him enough moments over the course of the season to help him achieve that.

Dannyc - I don't subscribe to media hype I am fully capable of assessing players for myself. I have no idea why we get obsessed with figures. Like I've posted before value has nothing to do with it. Leicester don't want to sell, he's under contract so if we want him we have to make them an offer they can't refuse. The same will apply with Diop at West Ham. In my opinion Maguire at £80m is a safer option than Diop at £60m for the reasons I have given in my last post.

Rogie6 - If I was in charge that would be an option I would be looking at. Everyone else is seemingly being priced out of a move. I haven't totally given up on Bailly just yet and Tuanzebe maybe needs another year on loan so a short term option at a reasonable cost makes sense.

Shappy - I think your assessment of Maguire is very harsh. I've watched a lot of him and his positioning isn't that bad. Many people accused VVD of having the same problem. From what I've seen of Diop his positioning is equally as suspect. I accept he's a younger player but a lot of his highlights are making last ditch tackles having been caught out of position. I think he's got potential but to get him out of West Ham will cost a fortune and on currently ability I'm just not sure he's that much better than what we've got. Maguire is an honest, solid professional, he does the basics well and I just think he'd compliment Lindelof beautifully.

I know nothing of Pepe's bad attitude but it's not stopped him scoring plenty of goals from a position that we are woefully short.

Football is all about opinions, I see the merit in all your points and look forward to debating where people think we'll finish once the window has slammed shut on the 8th August. Enjoy the rest of your weekend boys.



22 Jun 2019 12:29:02
In an ideal world what would realistically be your perfect summer transfer window?

Mine would be something like this:

Out: DDG, Joel Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, TFM, Jones, Rojo, Herrera, Pogba, Sanchez and Lukaku.

In: Maignan, AWB, Diop, NDombele, Maddison, James, Haller.

Loan out: Henderson, Tuanzebe, Garner, Gones and Chong.

Promote: Mitchell, Levitt and Greenwood.

Squad: Romero, Maignan, Grant, AWB, Dalot, Lindelof, Smalling, Bailly, Diop, Shaw, Mitchell, Young, Matic, Fred, NDombele, McTominay, Levitt, Maddison, Mata, Andreas Pereira, James, Lingard, Martial, Rashford, Haller, Greenwood.

AWB and Diop add quality in defence with added EPL experience. NDombele is the best young midfielder in the world, Maddison the most creative player in the EPL last season, James adds terrifying pace and directness in attack and Haller offers something totally different and a real aerial threat along with link up play and a clinical finish.


1.) 22 Jun 2019 12:46:13
Ideally, you want De Gea out?

2.) 22 Jun 2019 12:46:15
Just getting rid of sanchez would be a successful window.

3.) 22 Jun 2019 12:46:49
If you mean Demitri Mitchell, he wasn't very good on loan at Hearts.

4.) 22 Jun 2019 12:55:07
I agree with the majority of your outgoings Shappy but if you're talking ideal transfer windows it'd be De Gea signing a new deal as well.

As for my incomings to add to Dan James:
AWB for Right Back

Alderweireld and Dias for CB

Saul and Maddison for CM/ AM however, it's a toss up between Maddison and Bruno Fernandes for me. I also think N'dombele would be an excellent signing

Dembele for FW as I've seen far more of him than I have of Haller.

Mostly younger players who are already pretty good with potential to be excellent, along with the experience and quality of Alderweireld and Saul Niguez.

5.) 22 Jun 2019 13:17:54
The forward players you'd have left at the club Shapps are in no way good enough to get us into the Europa league next year let alone top 4. I certainly wouldn't feel comfortable with those attackers. Midfield looks great though.

6.) 22 Jun 2019 13:48:57
Diop? Would he of even entered your thoughts if we hadn't been linked with him. Before the link I've not seen his name mentioned once as a possible target.

7.) 22 Jun 2019 14:18:58
like the squad shappy but I would change diop for skriniar- been banging on about him for an age but he's 23, and a personnal pic. If lukaku goes would try and get a deal - might have to start saving up for his transfer meslf lol.
Dont know much about haller but would definitely sell pog and ddg.

8.) 22 Jun 2019 18:50:36
Shappy that squad wouldn’t finish top 6.



Aaron Wan-Bissaka Performance for England under 21s last night

19 Jun 2019 16:44:50
{Ed's Note - Shappy has posted a new article entitled, Aaron Wan-Bissaka Performance for England under 21s last night


1.) 19 Jun 2019 16:58:54
I watched the game and thought he was having a poor game long before he scored an own goal . Off day for the lad .
Shaps flip all that around for pogba, been one of our best players, but gets singled out regardless.

2.) 19 Jun 2019 16:59:38
Good post shappy. I think the problem is people judge players on one game. It is unfortunately an epidemic of modern fans. I thought he was solid yesterday. He would also be my first choice option for RB. Think he would a fantastic addition.

3.) 19 Jun 2019 17:11:22
Good report shappy.
I get what you are saying. But the caveat is that he scored a very poor and easily avoidable own goal. It want misfortune it was really poor play going for a ball the keeper had covered with a huge technical blunder going with the wrong foot.
When a defender screws up in the defining moment of the game it will be determined he had a bad game despite what happened for the rest of it. It was the defining moment and he was the villain of the moment.
Very much like when a striker scores a couple but losses possession a dozen times in the 90 mins. He will be remembered for his actions in the defining moments when he scored.
He was caught out a few times but recovered really well and got back to make some important tackles.
Last night he had a poor game because he was at fault for the goal. But goals like that won't happen often it was a bit freaky but in the end cost them the result.
Take that moment out of the game he did quite well. But take that moment out of the game and england wouldn't have lost. Sadly you can't cancel out moments. So on this occasion the overriding memory will be that moment when he got it all wrong.
Good player made a bad mistake it happens. He is too good not to bounce back.

4.) 19 Jun 2019 18:08:53
Wan Bissaka deal is closed guys.
55 million plus.
Welcome to Manchester United AWB!

5.) 19 Jun 2019 18:12:10
Good post Shappy. I thought AWB had a solid game. His mistake at the end was probably due to a bit of mental and physical fatigue England had been under severe pressure after the red card.

Boothroyd's substitutes were bizarre and ultimately cost England the game. The split strikers provided no protection for the full backs and had no impact going forward, as such England had to endure wave after wave of French pressure.

I was impressed with England and thought they were the better team before the sending off. I thought Maddison and Foden were both very good in midfield and apart from Chowdhury's ridiculous challenge I thought he was having an excellent game. I've been impressed by him since he's broke into the Leicester team and love his energy and intensity.

Providing Leicester are able to retain their best players over the summer I expect them to have a very good season next year and predict they could even push the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and ourselves for a top 4 finish.

6.) 19 Jun 2019 18:23:28
I agree to an extent jred.
Pogba has been involved in many or you could say most of our attacking play. He is our most creative player when at his best.
But he does get called out for most of his bad moments and i think more than most players but that goes with his profile. That's just the way it is.
The most disappointing thing for me with pogba on the pitch is his inconsistency and his swings in form which have a close correlation with his swings in effort. Ed025 hit the nail on the head when he said Paul will do what Paul wants to do and nothing will change that. He said he wants to leave for a new challenge i think its time for everybody to accept that as long as the offer is suitable.
He has downed tools and been disruptive for 1 coach his recent comments look to be disruptive again i think its best for all to cut ties and move on.

7.) 19 Jun 2019 18:38:50
Shappy, well written article although I still don’t think he had a very good game at all. Clarke-Salter and Tomori looked out most solid defenders throughout the match.
Just an off game for the lad that shouldn’t reflect on how good he’s been for Palace this season.

8.) 19 Jun 2019 21:46:46
Shappy, thanks for your post. I have tp agree with some of the posters who thought he didn't have a good game. I actually thought he had a really bad game. His passing was terrible, positioning was even worse. He got turned inside out on several occasions. His tackling was good and clean. But overall, he had a really poor game. He looks quite clumsy and cumbersome. Have to say Max Aarons at Norwich looks a better prospect especially going forward.

9.) 19 Jun 2019 22:10:10
Great to sew a sensible stats based analysis of the player in that game!

So many people have over reacted because of an own goal!

10.) 20 Jun 2019 07:49:16
Pogba is what he is, when we bought him fom juve people bigged him up to be a player he wasnt, bought in to hype. All of which was discussed at the time .
People have then judged him against there own misplaced expectations .
Pogba is a good player, he just isn't the player people thought he was .

AWB, had a very average game, the lad can play much better, to be honest he looked nervous . But people want us to sign him so they look for the positives and ignore the negatives
People do the exact opposite, witha player they don't like.

11.) 20 Jun 2019 07:54:07
Its interesting that shappy has broke AWB game down to balls won etc, to show a player he likes in a good light . Even tho he had pretty average game the other night .

Yet has been very critical of the "virus" all season, a player he wants sold . Yet if you broke his game down for the role he plays it's very easy to paint him in a positive light .

People see what they want to see.

12.) 20 Jun 2019 11:39:32
Shappy stats without context is all that. Stats.

I think he had a poorish game overall. Very poor based on what I saw, stats show he had a decent game. Truth is somewhere in the middle.

13.) 20 Jun 2019 12:52:20
Stastically, Pogba had 16 goals and 11 assists from 'midfield'.
Even many forwards will struggle to replicate those numbers.
Therefore stats don't give the entire picture.



13 Jun 2019 13:52:03
So Saturday is the big day, the biggest match in world football, bigger than the FA cup final, bigger than the UCL final, bigger than the World cup final.

It's the Matt Hawker cup, a competition that the likes of Pogba, Rashford and De Gea could only dream of playing in. Well if that dream was a nightmare.

Ken, Jamesmack and myself are competing in it as well as a couple of other United supporters who's names escape me at the moment. However, mostly we will be being kicked by Scousers.

This is a charity event raising money for both the Seva foundation and McMillan.

All donations would be greatly received.

Many thanks, from myself, the Eds and Benny Baller who has put in a huge amount of work to make this event happen.


1.) 13 Jun 2019 17:20:26
It was too short notice for me but i am definitely up. for it next year. Good luck and enjoy boys and do not get injured.

2.) 13 Jun 2019 18:53:09
Would have loved to have joined to spectate, however i am still settling in in Lisbon at present! Good luck lads, hopefully raise some good money for the good causes!

3.) 13 Jun 2019 20:14:37
I'm just recovering from an injury. I was very tempted though. Enjoy.

4.) 14 Jun 2019 12:09:29
Only i'm 'across the Shuck' i've had put my hat in :-) but maybe next time, enjoy lads.



11 Jun 2019 06:39:25
Gents. Now two spaces available for the football-rumours charity match. 1 on ed001s team and 1 on Ed002s team.
This Saturday, oxford city. If interested, let me know here.

This is always a great laugh and we'll worth it if you can make it.


1.) 11 Jun 2019 08:00:27
Is a great chance for the armchair experts to walk the walk. only because there is very little running. 😂 if you're free guys its great craic.

2.) 11 Jun 2019 10:07:09
I will watch the live stream to scout the potentials and criticize the loud mouths :P :P Have fun guys!

3.) 11 Jun 2019 10:20:25
Its not often you get a chance to kick Ken, Shaps and myself lads. Its a great cause and if you don't fancy playing but live local, feel free to pop along and have a beer - the bar is open!

4.) 11 Jun 2019 10:50:51
Can’t wait to review the lineups and tactics on show from the two Ed’s 😂😆👍.

5.) 11 Jun 2019 11:16:04
I'd jump at this shappy but I'm not about this weekend. Enjoy yourselves lads.

6.) 11 Jun 2019 11:22:13
Don't bother about poor performances. We have our very own "Ed"s here. We will not be shipped out of this site. Enjoy guys . can't be there from as far as Nepal. But I dream to be at OT someday.

7.) 11 Jun 2019 11:43:03
I would love too, just too far away for me to get too! Enjoy the game lads.

8.) 11 Jun 2019 15:00:04
PR, welcome to the page mate. Where exactly in Nepal are you?

And guys if you are able to make it, you won't find a better chance to give the old man a kick. Ken, beware you may get some legs flying at you, ;)

9.) 11 Jun 2019 18:38:23
I can look after myself deeps. no worries on that front. 😂.




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23 Jun 2019 20:28:16
He's 17, soon to turn 18. The same age Ryan Giggs was playing regularly for us, and nearly a year older then Rooney was playing regularly for Everton.

That doesn't mean he is ready to play on a regular basis, but giving him a few games and seeing how he does is fair enough. With young players it's vital that you manage them very carefully, their enthusiasm often rules their head and they will gladly play when they need to rest. Both physically and mentally. But there are many examples of players Greenwoods age playing regularly. So I wouldn't rule it out.




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22 Jun 2019 10:35:08
I think the fans are being slightly tough on the club at the moment in terms of signings.

The club is in an awkward position where we have a bloated squad and an almost maxed out wage bill.

Meaning the club need to ensure they will move players off the wage bill and to make space in the squad.

As many as 10 first team players need to leave this summer (Valencia, Damian, Rojo, Herrera, Jones, Bailly, Sanchez, Pogba, DDG and Lukaku) with question marks over the heads of Smalling, Young, TFM, Andreas Pereira, Grant, Martial and Matic. All of which will likely stay at least another year.

At the moment only Herrera and Valencia have definitely gone (their contacts aren't up until July) .

So signing more players and increasing the wage bill backs the club into a corner over selling players.

Without a shadow of a doubt this is the most important summer window for us in the EPL era, and it will also be the hardest.

Yes ideally we would want the right players in and the right players our before the preseason tour. But if we have the right ones in and the right ones out by the the start of the season it will still have been a fantastic summer.




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21 Jun 2019 11:50:48
Maddison would be very high on my wanted list. Would love to see us sign him.




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20 Jun 2019 18:16:02
Nope, that's not how rumours work. Once you have a verified source it is no longer a rumour but a fact.

i.e. I heard a rumour the Earth orbits the sun. Not a rumour but a fact.

However, I heard that Ed007 secretly sleeps in Rangers pyjamas. Rumour until someone is brave enough to venture into his bedroom at night. 😂.


{Ed033's Note - I heard a rumour that the Blue Marble is not a true representation of the Earth. :)



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20 Jun 2019 15:40:31
We have pretty much maxed out our wage budget under FFP. Meaning if we increase it too much this summer we will fall foul to sanctions. Such as a fine or a ban from European competition.

The issue is that we might have to settle some contacts to get those players off the books. That would eat into an already stretched wage budget.

So we will need to sell some big earners if we want to bring in more big earners. The problem is we have some fairly average players on big wages, meaning they are hard to get off the wage bill.





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24 Jun 2019 09:06:24
Unfortunately there will always be a sense of injustice in sporting decisions, especially in such a tribal sport as football.

However, I don't feel that should be used as a stick to beat VAR.

Will VAR be perfect? No, of course not. Especially in its infancy while all the kinks are worked out. However, we can't allow those early blips to derail something that in the long run will be hugely beneficial to the sport.

They change the offside rule every few years as they keep coming across issues with the new way of implementing or understanding the rule. Yet no one calls for the offside rule to be scrapped. It's considered a work in progress. VAR should be afforded the same considerations.




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24 Jun 2019 08:26:44
We definitely need a ball playing CB, without a doubt. And as I have said many times Maguire would be an upgrade on what we have.

I just feel that for what he would cost you could buy two CB who are better defensively and have more potential.

Why spend 90m on Maguire when you could spend 25m on Alderweireld? Yeah he three years older, but he is twice the player Maguire is in every aspect bar heading. You could then spend the remaining 65m on someone like Dias, Diop or Milenkovic and be sorted both short and long term while also having more strength in depth.

Maguire is a decent player, but in no way is he worth even half of what we would have to pay for him.

Pepe, again is a great player. Or at least a player who has had one great season in the 5 years since he turned professional. That has to be a concern, is he that good or did he hit a purple patch. There are also rumours of him having a bad attitude, which if true have to be a concern. All of Bayern Munich, Juventus and PSG have had a look at him then said thanks but no thanks. Is that because of Lilles along price being too high, the player having attitude problems or they are concerned he isn't as good as last season would suggest? We don't know, and we can only speculate. Yet all three have turned away from a deal for some reason. That should set off alarm bells.

For that reason I feel the club should maybe give him a wide berth. If it's true that Lille want in excess of 70m for him then maybe leave him at Lille and see how he does next season. If he can repeat last seasons form then great, it won't push his price up that much if at all. Yet the club would know at least his form wasn't a one off season.

I don't think the club can afford to be spending big on players who could represent a gamble. After so many questionable transfers in the last 6 years, the decision makers can't afford to keep getting it wrong.




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23 Jun 2019 20:41:36
Looks like I'm the pantomime vilian🤣.

Don't worry, water of a ducks back. In fact, as I have said many times I prefer for people to disagree with me and for there to be some reasoned debate. That's why I come on this site.

The sad thing is when things were good we had some great discussions on here. Now we're going through a rough patch everyone is losing their mind and the hyperbole is setting in. It's a sad fact but I got far more reasoned discussion with the scousers during the charity match last week then I get on here recently.

Some do come back with good reasoned debate, and I appreciate that. I don't expect everyone to agree with me, and I don't want them too. The world isn't black or white, and there are many different view points to see the world from.

Even though in my opinion what I have said in this post is sensible and fair I fully expect to get as many of not more disagrees as agrees. And that will put a huge smile on my face. 😂.




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23 Jun 2019 20:31:35
£4.50, plus a packet of crisps. If we sell Pogba for 100m+ we might be able to stretch to £8.75 and a pot of pringles. However, the Glazer's dividends need to be taken into account.




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23 Jun 2019 09:34:42
Betty, all balls not played to feet require off the ball movement. Something Lukaku struggles with.

Most defenders prefer defending low crosses compared to high crosses, as most footballers are better with their feet than their heads.

Also looking at the goals completion doesn't give you avoid idea about how a player plays. At Everton while Lukaku was there they averaged 12 crosses a game. Lukaku often played as the sole striker, and had a goal scoring rate of one goal every three games.

Which means he scored on average once from every 36 crosses. That is not a great rate, certainly not good enough to base our future playing style around.

Also when Lukaku as at Everton they had Baines and Coleman whipping in most of those crosses and more often than not they were very good balls in to dangerous areas that Lukaku had failed to get himself into.