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13 Mar 2018 19:26:01
Hi Eds,

Is Ghoulam a player Utd are looking at? I think he would be fantastic for us - very athletic, reads the game well and great at providing width and creativity down the left that we've lacked, at times, this season.

Thanks in advance.


{Ed004's Note - I don't think so anymore. Not after he dislocated his knee returning from a cruciate injury. One signing, I don't know if it's been discussed or not, would possibly be Bellerin (I've no sources just saw rumours he might be available). I think Jose could make him into a very solid player. Think the potential is there but maybe not worth the money}

1.) 13 Mar 2018 19:53:26
Thanks Ed - interesting shout. I really think with a couple of new full backs we'd see a big improvement in the balance and solidity of the team, both offensively and defensively.


{Ed004's Note - I think everyone on the site agrees with that}

2.) 14 Mar 2018 08:16:12
Not everyone ed004 there is still at least 1 with his head buried in the sand😂😂.

3.) 15 Mar 2018 16:25:30
Smalling - out
Jones - out

New defensive pairing needed!




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15 Jul 2018 07:39:24
Rashford to be given the number 10, leaving the number 19 shirt available. Bonucci currently plays in 19? Ok, I'm just thinking out loud. I don't really see Marcus being given the #10 yet, nor do I think we will go for Bonucci. But I would certainly take him at Utd. Born leader and could be fantastic, particularly in the middle of a back three. No credible reports of us being interested though?
On a side note; with Kohler signing with us (yet another sponsor! ) I keep thinking about sponsors helping to pay wages (e. g. with Ronaldo to Juventus, if rumours are to be believed) . I recall a while back there were rumours suggesting Adidas might help Utd pay wages when we were initially after Pogba, I think? It makes sense financially - Addidas or Chevrolet would benefit from having more big names at Utd, furthering their brands. Of course, sponsors do contribute to transfers anyway, albeit indirectly by the very nature of paying large sums to sponsor the club. What I am talking about is Adidas, for example, approaching Utd and saying "we would like X player at Utd due to their world-wide appeal, if you are interested? and we would pay X toward wages". Or if Utd would approach their sponsors in a similar fashion. Does anyone know if this (sponsors directly helping fund deals or wages) actually happens or is just paper talk?


1.) 15 Jul 2018 09:43:06
Doctor that is not how things work.

2.) 15 Jul 2018 10:59:18
Ed002 but be able to clarify things on this one. I remember a while back he mentioned something about Adidas potentially trying to play a part in moving Messi (an player sponsored by Adidas) to one of their major clubs, which at the time were Chelsea, Bayern and RM I believe but obviously never came to fruition. I may be wrong here but maybe someone can help because there was something along the lines of that! Hope this helps guys.

{Ed002's Note - No one will be paying the wages of Manchester United players.}



11 Jul 2018 13:37:35

I've just read ..................


{Ed002's Note - Wrong page. This is the Manchester United page.}



09 Jul 2018 10:59:39
Hi all,

What are people's thoughts on using a 3-5-2 formation next season?

We used it on pre-season last year, and for a few games early on if I recall. Seems it could be a good way of accommodating our players and allows us two strikers - Sanchez playing off Lukaku?

The midfield three picks it own, whilst a back three of Lindelof, Bailly and Smalling/ Jones or new CB could be really solid.

If rumours are true, even Willian might be able to fit in the RWB position?


1.) 09 Jul 2018 11:08:27
I think we were going to play that if we signed perisic last summer.

2.) 09 Jul 2018 12:22:32
If you wanted to get the pulses racing why not a 3-2-3-2.

Lindelof bailly rojo

Fred herrera

Sanchez pogba martial

Lukaku rashord.

3.) 09 Jul 2018 12:39:53
That is pretty tasty schnauzer. But matic for herrera and a new signing for Rojo and we are good to go. But we would never see martial or Sanchez in those positions as defensively we would be pretty open.

4.) 09 Jul 2018 13:11:04
Park- agreed its unlikely. Looks nice on paper but in reality I think it probably wouldn't work at all.

It's a nice split though you 5 defend you 5 attack its easy this managing lark.

5.) 09 Jul 2018 13:13:39
I like the idea of 352 or 442 diamond, I think that those formations best suit the players we have in our squad.

Schnauzer, that line up I think is really unbalanced. You have four players who want to play as central strikers who will all drift in leaving massive gaps down the flanks. Couple that with no natural defensive midfielder who'll sit (both Fred and Herrera are better as roaming box to box players) .

Then when you look at the space out wide it is obvious that there will be loads of crosses coming into our box. Both Rojo and Lindelof have been suspect at winning high balls. Also I wouldn't say winning the ball in the air is a particular strength of Bailly's. So we would in my opinion concede many headed goals, while lacking enough creation and work rate up front to make up for that fact that we would have 4 players trying to play in the same space.

Pogba has also struggled when pushed into the No.10 position, he is a powerful runner from midfield who has excellent long range passing. Playing him that far forward negates both those qualities by making long range passing near impossible, and making him start his runs further up field limiting the chances of him getting into his stride before he is challenged.

6.) 09 Jul 2018 14:12:48
Shappy, can't disagree the 3-2-3-2 would win nothing but would be fun, was said more in jest.

Being more serious I would love to get back to having 2 up top and and I agree 3-5-2 and 4-4-2diamond would suit what we currently have.

7.) 09 Jul 2018 14:58:51
Ah the old WW. Personally I prefer the WM.



06 Jul 2018 14:35:43
Hi Eds,
Apologies if this has already been covered, but I would love to know more in-depth about the actual process of how transfer targets are drawn up and acquired. I suspect this is a lot more complicated that most of us realise. Presumably, the manager will identify areas of weakness in their team and would ask for funds to be released for those positions. Do they approach the board or in Utd's case Ed Woodward first? Does the manager go with a list of potential recruits in hand or is that up to Mr Woodwrd and the scouts, or negotiated between the manager and Mr Woodward? Are the board even consulted for relatively 'minor' purchases et cetera. When does someone sit down and calculate the impact of a signing on current wages and FFP?
Lots of questions there, but with Ronaldo seemingly available lots of Utd fans understandably are clamouring for Utd to 'sign him up' (though he seems destined for Juventus) . It got me thinking about how realistic making quick purchases are, given all of the above and many more caveats to transfers that I've probably not thought about.
Thanks in advance.


{Ed002's Note - Scouts, managers, coaches, technical directors are all typically involved in deciding what positions need to be addressed and they will typically identify a preferred choice and several pther. The money is nothing to do with the manager. Discussions take place year around with agents and other clubs about players. FFP is an issue the clubs need to deal with, it is not a case of someone sitting down with a pencil and calculating anything. The club know how much they are able to spend on wages before FFP becomes an issue - as it did for two English sides in January - including Manchester United.

I don't know what you mean by "quick purchases, but the process should be along the lines of: Clubs will typically informally ask an agent (a) if the player is going to be available, and (b) would the player consider a move to the club. There may be some broad discussion on the sort of deal that would be offered but no more than that. If the answer is yes, it is then necessary for the club to approach the player's club to ask if they would be willing to sell and if they would grant permission to speak to a player's agent formally about a transfer and possibly even the player about actually making a move. This will typically involve either broadly (through an offer) or actually agreeing a fee and responsibility for any significant costs (agents fees etc.). Once this has happened the club will be able to speak to the player's agent and perhaps the player himself to look at the package that will be involved. Many players are looked at and discussed at a high-level with agents and clubs; a subset of those have an offer placed; a subset of those involve discussions with the player's club; a subset of those involve discussions over terms, and; a subset of those go ahead.

Agents will often try and get more specific details of wages and other financials before they should - but most clubs are happy to follow this process. Players will often talk to other players about moves but, whilst wrong, is tolerated as it would be impossible to manage.

Alternatively, a selling club may ask an agent to find a new club for a player and he will talk directly to poetntial selling sides about the fee, personal terms and interest.

The rest of the time agents will be on fishing trips trying to find interest in their players.

In terms of what happens when the negotiations take place, broad agreement (player available and open to discussions, understanding of the price) will already have been reached. The clubs will meet to discuss the details of the transfer fee, other costs associated with the move and the structure of the payments and any additional fees (e.g another €5M for winning the Champions League etc.) but this does not take a "few days". }

1.) 06 Jul 2018 18:39:02
Great read that ed.
I’ve a couple of questions for you, if you’ve the time to answer that’d be great!
Firstly, how exactly are wages goverened by FFP? What are the regulations surroundings player wages?
Secondly, is it a regular Occurrence for clubs to drop asking prices etc for other clubs to sign their players due to wages etc?


{Ed002's Note - (1) Clubs can raise wages by a maximum of £7m per season at the moment - previously it was £4M per season and it will change again in 2019/20. The can exceed this under certain conditions, (a) if the club can show an increase in the combined additional commercial revenue, match day income and transfer revenue; and (b) if they do not post an overall loss. (2) I am not sure I understand the question. But if you mean what I think you mean, clubs wanting to move a player on who is paid a large amount may need to be creative with any sale. What they cannot be expected to do is put a contracted player in a worse position. Some players will happily take a reduced package to get their career moving or whatever, but some players may need to have their future wages supplemented by the selling club (Wayne Rooney is a good example).}

2.) 06 Jul 2018 18:59:27
Thanks, Ed002, for taking the time to write such a detailed response!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

3.) 06 Jul 2018 20:59:17
Cheers ed, sorry that was a poorly worded question, but you have answered it! Thank you very much.

{Ed002's Note - Good stuff.}

4.) 07 Jul 2018 00:27:11
Much appreciated Ed002.



05 May 2018 08:39:00
Jose's comments post match were spot on, in my opinion. I know you could argue that some players hadn't played in a while and that this could account for the rusty performance. But ask yourself this - when the likes of Solskjaer, Butt and P. Neville came into the the team after a long absence did they not play with 100% effort and commitment? The same cannot be said of our current crop. Overpaid and mentally weak. Maybe it's more a sign of the times with modern players. I've said before that Jose will never play free flowing football of Sir Alex, Klopp or Pep. But he will play entertaining football that will win us trophies, but the players have to actually give a damn. I recall Jose saying a while ago that he still believes in his ability to win matches, but he added "but I'm not on the pitch" (or words to that effect) . bso much individual ability in this squad but some just treat each game like a cup final. Jose needs a Keane and Schmeichel in the dressing room.


1.) 05 May 2018 09:22:59
*some just don't treat each game like a cup final - sorry for the typo.

2.) 05 May 2018 09:23:01
His comments are normally pretty on the ball - the problem is he is the person tasked with rectifying all the problems he bitches about. He is not a fan or a paid pundit, he is the person accountable for all the things he is moaning about. The players are his representatives, they reflect the work he does in preparing them mentally and physically - if they aren't up to the job he needs to look in the mirror, not try and transfer blame!

These players are all full internationals who cost a fortune in transfer fees and or wages - he has no right to moan. He is paid to resolve the problems he identifies every week, not highlight them publicly as if he is having some sudden epiphany - we could have had Dennis Law in his prime up top last night and it wouldn't have made one blind bit of difference, he is twisting the issue with his Lukaku BS.

3.) 05 May 2018 09:24:18
Players complaining about lack of playing time and perform like that.

Jose was spot on in his comments.




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13 Mar 2018 19:53:26
Thanks Ed - interesting shout. I really think with a couple of new full backs we'd see a big improvement in the balance and solidity of the team, both offensively and defensively.



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06 Jul 2018 19:10:39
Based on Ed002's reply to my previous post I would personally find it hard to believe Ronaldo's agent didn't at least sound Utd out about a move, probably a while ago. Transfers clearly take considerable time to organise, even if a player who seemingly appeared unobtainable becomes available. I'd love Ronaldo back but feel his fee and wages could be better spent in other areas.


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06 Jul 2018 18:59:27
Thanks, Ed002, for taking the time to write such a detailed response!


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05 May 2018 09:22:59
*some just don't treat each game like a cup final - sorry for the typo.