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16 Nov 2018 17:54:47
Hi Ed002,
Is there serious interest from Manchester United for Everton Soares?
Is he a viable January target?al


{Ed002's Note - He signed a new contract after Manchester City made an enquiry in the summer but I am not aware of any approach by Manchester United. He would be a Martial replacement if there were interest.}

1.) 16 Nov 2018 22:12:46
Hi ed002. You said earlier in the week that martial wants to leave.
Is there any clubs showing strong interest in him?
There are reports the club want him to stay but i'm assuming that if he won't sign a new deal the club will probably have to sell if they get a good offer rather than keep an unhappy player.

{Ed002's Note - Inter Milan are very keen on taking Anthony Martial whereas Juventus see him as probably over valued and Bayern have preferred options.}

2.) 17 Nov 2018 07:29:58
Thanks Ed.

3.) 17 Nov 2018 11:46:24
Imagine the meltdown when Jose sells him to Inter and Perisic replaces him.

4.) 17 Nov 2018 14:48:30
Eric i think martial has unbelievable ability. In the right team he would flourish. Under the right coach he will do great. If he won't sign a new contract then it puts the club in a tough spot.

5.) 18 Nov 2018 08:05:12
I agree Ken, and he’s only just starting to show it which is great for us. Must be a huge coincidence now he’s after a new contract or new club.




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14 Feb 2019 12:40:13
Hello Ed001,

United are lacking a solid right sided forward and a right back. Who do you think would suit the club and the counter attacking style?

Sanchez, Martial, Rashford all prefer to operate on the left side or through the middle. Mata lacks pace.

I really wanted us to sign Mane or Bernardo Silva before they joined our rivals.

Few posters have sounded out Jadon Sancho. He has proved himself for just 1 season, so I am not really convinced of him.

Ed002 had suggested Douglas Costa as a target. He has pace but not sure about his end product.


{Ed001's Note - Pepe would be good for right wing and Reece James for right back I would suggest. There are not many good full backs around but he has stood out as looking far too good at Championship level and should be in that Chelsea team really.}

1.) 14 Feb 2019 16:16:02
How about Cengiz Ünder for RW?
Also sorry for the random name but what of Mário Fernandes of CSKA for RB?

{Ed002's Note - There is no interest in any of these players from Manchester United.}

2.) 14 Feb 2019 18:29:54
Nicholas Pepe seems to be a great shout.
But will he be ready to take the next step?

Malcom comes to mind, who showed promise in Ligue 1 but is struggling at Barca.

{Ed002's Note - MU has no interest in Pepe.}

3.) 15 Feb 2019 07:27:09
Ed are you able to disclose who the clubs targets are? Does it remain Costa and Koulibaly?

{Ed002's Note - Both are still of interest to the club Fresh!}

4.) 16 Feb 2019 06:50:40
I don't understand why the club would buy Douglas Costa when a young talent like Jadon Sancho is around. Perhaps the club football decision maker knows best, again?

{Ed001's Note - who says Sancho would be interested in joining?}

5.) 15 Feb 2019 23:55:56
Is that right? Man Utd have no interest in Jadon Sancho?

{Ed002's Note - They have no declared interest. In confirming Manchester City's option when asked this week Watzke also said there has been no approach for the player who is not for sale. When he left MC at least Spurs, Manchester United and Arsenal expressed an interest but he had his heart set on Dortmund.}

6.) 16 Feb 2019 12:16:22
Thanks ED02 great info, good to know.



13 Feb 2019 06:51:22
Yesterday's match showed that our squad is not yet ready to compete with Europe's elite teams.
It was a combination of lack of fluidity and lack of world class quality.

Herrera and Matic played quite well. They recovered possession lots of time. But it was the lack of understanding and cohesion between our front 3 that let us down.
I don't recollect us testing Gigi Buffon at all.
Rashford was anonymous and should have done better to justify why he should be the first choice.
Even the fullbacks did not overlap in the final third as we had seen in the EPL matches.

Hopefully we can add 3-4 top quality players who will go straight into the starting line up.
Ideally a right sided forward, right back and a centre back) .
We need a combination of world class players and youth to compete with the top teams.




04 Feb 2019 13:23:17
Hi Ed001,
What kind of a center back do you guys think would be best suited for Manchester United?
Ed002 has mentioned few targets in the recent past like Skriniar, Koulibaly, Romagnoli, Alderweirald, Maguire, nikola milenkovic.

I think we can agree that, ideally we need a suitable partner for Lindelof. Is a defender with a big stature needed especially in the EPL?
In yesterday's game, Maguire won almost all the headers in the United box.

Alderweirald stands out as a good reader of the game whereas Koulibaly is a giant on the pitch, athletic similar to Van Dijk.

So who can take the defence to next level similar to the impact Van Dijk is having at Liverpool.


{Ed001's Note - Alderweireld. By far and away the best of those you mentioned.}

1.) 04 Feb 2019 16:35:00
Maybe we could do a weird science project and mash the best bits of Smalling jones and rojo together into one player.

2.) 04 Feb 2019 17:02:17

Weve got nothing to lose lol.

3.) 04 Feb 2019 17:47:00
Well it could backfire an we get all the worst bits.

4.) 04 Feb 2019 19:31:25
Mort, i think even if we did that we would still end up with a below par player.

5.) 04 Feb 2019 19:31:45
Smalling’s urge to rush toward the halfway line combined with Rojo’s longshots over the bar, and topped off with Jones’s gurning. Small Rojones would never actually leave the treatment table.

6.) 04 Feb 2019 19:15:16
Frankenstein lol.



30 Jan 2019 06:39:33
In yesterday's game, the urgency was not really seen during the first 60 minutes. Did complacency creep in?

Shaw was looking for players to come near him instead of surging forward. Not sure if he is carrying some knock.
Unfortunately, Perreira didn't take his chance. He offered next to nothing.
Personally, felt that Young should have been taken off for Dalot in the last 15 minutes. He was struggling to get to Sanchez's diagonal balls.
Rashford still needs to work on his finishing to displace Rom. At times, felt that he was being a bit selfish trying to take shots from difficult angles rather than passing to Mata.
Besides that, we missed the directness of Martial and the pressing, energy of Herrera and Lingard.

On a positive note, it was nice to see the never give up attitude.
Looking forward to the Leicester game in the weekend.
If Martial is unfit, Rash, Jessie and Sanchez should start up front. They have the intelligence and quick feet around the box to break down tough defenses.




27 Jan 2019 08:39:39
Hi Ed001,
Is there already a player profile on Nemanja Matic?


{Ed001's Note - not yet, so I have added his name to the to do list for you mate.}

1.) 27 Jan 2019 12:36:51
Thank you Ed :)

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate, I had got it down below a 100 anyway so needed a few new ones to do!}

2.) 27 Jan 2019 18:49:40
Ed what’s your view of matic? I think he lacks in mobility but he makes it up in his reading of the game and passing ability. He was shocking under Jose but a change of tactics and more movement in front of him has really brought out the matic of old. Having herrera’s legs next to him has also made a big difference. Next season we need to rotate him as I don’t think he can play as much as he has done. But brilliant player in my eyes and pleased to see him step up in recent weeks.

{Ed001's Note - used correctly and he is an excellent player, but he can struggle to cope if he does not have legs beside him like you said. He does have a lovely left foot on him and is strong in the air too.}

3.) 27 Jan 2019 20:44:46
Matic has been excellent these last few weeks. His reading of the game is good, but Herrera has massively reduced his work load.

I don't think he is mobile enough to play in a double pivot. He needs two midfielders along side him to cover for midfield runners.

I think we need to find someone to come in and rotate with him. Give him a rest and limit fatigue.

Reben Neves would be my pick.

4.) 28 Jan 2019 07:03:38
Yes Matic has a good presence in the team.
The team doesn't look the same when he is out.




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06 Feb 2019 05:09:28
The CDM role is the area for which have struggled in the last 2 years. Matic will get burnt out towards the end if we do not rest him adequately.
I agree that Jones do not possess the game controlling ability, but he could do a job.
Remember Fergie using him to do a job on Bale in champions league few years back?




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05 Feb 2019 10:32:48
Yes. The quality of our backup midfielders are a step below.
Fred is still adapting to the League. He looses possession far too often.
Mctominay looks average and is limited on the ball.
Andreas has decent passing range but doesn't offer the tenacity of Herrera or the physicality of Matic.
I suggested yesterday why not try Jones for the Matic role.




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30 Jan 2019 05:24:25
Time for both to move on. Would free up the wages as well.




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30 Jan 2019 05:23:42
Agreed, the interplay of Lukaku near the penalty box is not fluid as between Rash, Martial and Lingard.




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29 Jan 2019 05:34:58
Herrera and Matic will be 30 and 31 next year.
It would be nice to see Tielemans coming in being groomed for the 3 man midfield role.
Ruben Neves is another promising quality midfielder.





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21 Feb 2019 12:52:14
Thanks for the detailed info Ed :)




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21 Feb 2019 11:09:42
Saul Niguez.




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21 Feb 2019 05:33:04
I worry about the Liverpool's attack to be honest.
If they target Young and Smalling we could be in trouble.
But we have confidence and momentum going into the game.
A win would be absolutely massive.




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21 Feb 2019 05:07:26
Shappy. I think the team will adapt to different tactics next season against the top teams.

Ole in his few months has had success with his split striker approach.
His tactics failed only against PSG. Hopefully it would have been an eye opener for Ole and the coaching staff.

Signing a Centre back of the ilk of Koulibaly will ease more pressure. He is capable of playing good passes out from the back. (Remember Bonucci playing inch perfect diagonal balls to Ronaldo in the CL? )
That's the type of players we must target.

Therefore the whole team including Pogba will benefit from the right recruitment.




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21 Feb 2019 05:01:10
Agree with DLIB.

Yesterday I said that first time a United manager is playing to Pogba's strength.
The whole team is reaping the rewards of it.

He has some unique qualities. Physically he is well built and can help out in both boxes in set piece situations. None of our current midfielders (Herrera, Matic, Fred, Andreas, Mctominay) can play those defense splitting pass to forwards which are capable of winning matches.

When whole team understands each others roles in this current style, we will be a real threat. The pressing and intensity will go a step above next season when players adapt to this style.
And Pogba is fundamental to the counter attacking style.
He can initiate those attacks with his pin point passes.

Hopefully, he can see the progress our team is making on the pitch and stays for the long term.
A top class Centre back, right back and an elite right sided forward would push us up with the best teams in the world.