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20 Jun 2019 16:48:02
Another youngster’s name being linked with United: David Brooks

So, is Ole trying to emulate Class of 92? Fergie’s Fledglings?

If so, what name will they take in the media?

Solskaer’s Starlings?

Gunnar’s Groupies?

Ole Gunner’s Runners?

Solskjaer’s Sproutlings?

Have to be better than Pogba’s Ego.


1.) 20 Jun 2019 18:36:32
“Gunnar’s Groupies. ” Oh dear. That’s all sorts of wrong.

2.) 20 Jun 2019 18:37:38
Perhaps your over analysing all the players were being linked with.

Judge him on how the team performs next season.

3.) 20 Jun 2019 20:39:26
Ole's baby faced assassins if we're targeting young players.

4.) 20 Jun 2019 21:01:00
Could be

Ole's nursery tots.

5.) 20 Jun 2019 22:42:18
Solsktars. I’ll get my coat.

6.) 20 Jun 2019 23:11:17
Solsjaers Stuttering stumblers.

7.) 21 Jun 2019 09:36:17
Cole's gonners.



04 Dec 2017 14:18:12
Hi Eds,

Apologies for speculative nature of the question but, if Real Madrid do indeed sign Kepa Arrizabalaga in 2018 (even as soon as January) do you think RM will still try to sign David DeGea?

Many thanks for any info you might be able to provide.


{Ed002's Note - No, I they would not have a need.}

1.) 04 Dec 2017 18:23:30
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to reply Ed002!

{Ed002's Note - I was on a train so I had time.}



17 Feb 2017 08:35:28
Hi there Ed002!

Sorry to bother you but would you be good enough to shed any light on rumours that Lindelof has signed a pre-contract agreement with United, apparently warding off strong interest from Roma, who apparently want him to replace Kostas Manolas?

Thanks again for your precious time!


{Ed002's Note - Lindelhof cannot agree a pre-contract with Manchester United as he is not out of contract in the summer.}

1.) 17 Feb 2017 13:57:08
Thank you Ed002 for your swift and definitive response. Very much appreciated.

2.) 21 Feb 2017 19:19:46
Id rather have the kid from roma he looks dast strong an a perfect fit for the prem.



13 May 2016 13:12:49
Some papers reporting advanced discussions with The Legend Ibrahimavich, wages 300k/ wk not an issue apparently.

He also loves Mourinho (inter past) and would be a short term marquee/ marketing signing to compete with City's growing brand. Then he's off to America. Apparently.

Hail the new King! (lol! )


1.) 13 May 2016 13:42:05
Seems a bit wayward to be honest, latest i've heard is that Jose has offered Zlatan a one year deal but the club are unwilling to meet his demands. Will most likely be playing in the MLS next season.

2.) 13 May 2016 13:49:04
I really hope not excellent player but luxurys that we don't need we've seen falcao come and fail and the same to an extent with swine. Rather build a squad for the future than pay someones big last pay day! Were getting more like city when they got new owners just throwing money around without planning.

3.) 13 May 2016 14:00:46
I would love that.

4.) 13 May 2016 14:06:56
I've said before, I would love to see it happen. We have always been heavily linked with Morata today because of the Mourinho factor which is another player I'd be delighted to have.

5.) 13 May 2016 14:19:38
If Zlatan comes in he will inject a winning mentality into the club. How successful it will be is debatable.
He will however not be a flop like previous ones. it's just how successful it could be.
Martial left, Zlatan centre and someone like mahrez Right would add strength and be a great front 3.
To then have Rashford, lingard, depay, as replacements would give the depth
Would be exciting times.

6.) 13 May 2016 14:47:38
We should learn and act better with what's happening with mr. German.

7.) 13 May 2016 14:51:30
Just thinking of Ibrahimovic in utd shirt makes my balls tingle. He would be perfect. A natural born winner who always has a point to prove.

8.) 13 May 2016 14:54:47
Also using schwieney and Falcao as equivalents is unfair. Both were knackered. No reason to think ibrahimovic would go the same way. He's nearly broken a record for goals scored this season.

9.) 13 May 2016 20:41:04
I personally think he would be a terrific signing! And he definitely should not be compared to Schwein and falcao! RedD totally agree, tried and tested, scoring for fun, fit and a total monster, scoring a goal a game ratio! Yeah French league is poor but he's proved it elsewhere on the big stage! Def worth a punt as a free transfer!

10.) 14 May 2016 01:00:18
People on this site are incredibly harsh on Schwieni. Whenever he plays he is always driving forward, pressing the ball and pushing his teammates on. The keys and quality may not be quite there but he has been no where near our worse performer.

As for Zlatan, it would certainly be a signing to bring back the fear factor which is exactly what's needed.

11.) 14 May 2016 09:01:46
Still believe Bastian will be a great signing and always preferred us this season when he played (with the exception of arsenal of course)

12.) 14 May 2016 03:49:25
I thought we were targeting fast attacking players no?



01 Dec 2015 15:12:21
I might be being too optimistic here but Nick Powell looks in much better shape, physically and mentally.

Does anyone (inside knowledge?! ) know the story behind this? Is he trying to prove himself for a loan/transfer? has he had a chat with a mentor inside OT who's made him hungry again? Or is his contract up for renewal?!


1.) 01 Dec 2015 17:20:11
Just watched some highlights of that game, had a hand in a lot of good in that u21s game. I hope he will keep improving, most importantly having his head right should he wish to be a man utd player. He has bundles of talent.

2.) 01 Dec 2015 18:19:22
He had become disillusioned with the game, with a series of injuries adding to the problem. By all accounts he seems to be giving it a go again, and I would love to see him get things back on track. He made a mistake moving to us before he was ready, and could still be a good player with a bit of luck.




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10 Oct 2018 10:23:58
Article from Independent’s Miguel Delaney (has decent track record for accuracy) about DoF links to Juventus:


1.) 10 Oct 2018 11:03:21
Interesting read, I posted something last week about Marrotta. Read somewhere today about Paul Mitchell if RB Leipzig.

2.) 10 Oct 2018 10:40:19
Im pretty sure ED002 mentioned something about Patarici not happening.

{Ed002's Note - What I said a couple of weeks ago was "I previously named a wildcard option from Juventus who might just be available (but that may not be clear for a little over three weeks and right now I think I understand well what will happen there), Fabio Paratici." It is all down to what is announced on October 25 and any information that comes out before hand - but right now Juventus know what they want but have so far been able to agree it. The "senior negogiator" they approached has said no to them (as well as Barcelona) and they will now split a role previously occupied by one person.}

3.) 10 Oct 2018 21:08:17
Hi Ed,
I recall about 2 weeks ago you posted along the line of Jose having suggested two people for the DoF role (one was the ex Athletico DoF if i recall) . was Patarici the other name Jose recommended?

I think you may have also mentioned that the DoF will have to assess whether to continue with Jose and identify targets that will work for him/ his system or identify a different direction for the club. Do you know Patarici's preference and do you think he would be a good appointment for the club?

Thanks in advance!

{Ed002's Note - The two folks that Mr Mourinho was cool with were Andrea Berta and Luis Campo.}



27 Sep 2018 11:44:09
Question to any ITK Ed’s if possible please:

Given Pogba’s alleged social media posting and consequent alleged friction with JM, do players now have it in their contract to follow the club line/ not post anything harmful to the club? And if they break this policy, could it lead to disciplinary action? This is something I feel modern contracts should address, if they have not done so already.

When I was a teacher, we were banned from posting anything in social media given the potential abuse mischievous students could extract from the personal info.


{Ed002's Note - I don’t know about what has happened on social media with PP but clubs are typically wanting players to not do anything dumb on social media. An example used by someone (I don’t recall who) to me was Juan Mata’s use of social media. Some clubs discourage social media usage and some have training and guidance provided to the players. The expectation is that the players will not abuse it.}

1.) 27 Sep 2018 13:13:29
Interesting Ed002,thanks as always for the quick response!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome. Always worth remembering the dumb as a box of rocks/bonehead quota for footballers is very, very high.}

2.) 27 Sep 2018 15:04:42
I think that's a little harsh on rocks and boneheads Ed.



26 Aug 2018 20:17:22
If Jose does implode and leaves, thoughts on replacing him mid-season?

Media loves Zidane, and he does have a good record, has history with Pogba and Martial and seems a good man-manager, but, for the rest of the season, I’d go for the Venga bus, The Professor: point to prove, can organise a team, knows how to attack and would be a good short term option until the end of the season (ZZ woukd want a long contract - stuck with him if not live up to the hype)


1.) 26 Aug 2018 20:41:35
If we are talking about anybody, then jardim for me.

ZZ i'm unsure about and a definite and resounding NO for wenger.

2.) 26 Aug 2018 20:49:11
Which history does he have exactly with Pogba and Martial Wallace? Hasn't managed any of them before?

3.) 26 Aug 2018 21:55:26
I am very wary of us appointing ZZ. I think he doesn't have a great deal of experience as a coach. Yes he has done well but he managed a squad that would probably have done well for any manager. Correct me if I am wrong but everything wasn't hunky dory between him and club president. Could be great but. Bit of a risk.

4.) 26 Aug 2018 22:36:12
Zidanes a good man manager, which some of our lot need, but there's questions about his tactical versatility. Jardim would be good but ed2 suggests unlikely. I could see Woodward going for Wenger. Used to working on a budget with young players.

5.) 26 Aug 2018 22:47:33
Wenger is about to turn 69 struggled at arsenal for the last few years and with the history he has with arsenal there is no way the club would go for him, or he would take a job with us .
The ed has suggested blanc and his name has come up before, not managing at the moment as well.

6.) 26 Aug 2018 23:54:24
If jose leaves before the pudding and honey glazed ham i would take Wenger till the end of season.

His football style is miles better than park the bus jose. AW has a nac for getting great players and let's be honest if he had of kept his best players instead of rubbishty snapping them up and us with RVP

Who knows.

7.) 27 Aug 2018 00:14:12
Maybe but whoevers picking managers isn't doing great so far. Personally I wouldn't want Wenger but I can see the thinking that could suggest him. In short I've very little confidence in the people running the club not botch it again.

8.) 27 Aug 2018 03:11:47
You can't be serious about Wenger guys. He was far too rigid in his thinking towards the end and having inherited a terrific defensive unit he never built on that. Even today Arsenal suffer from lack of a solid base. All title winning teams are built on a solid defensive foundation which has been recognised by both Pep and Klopp. Zidane inherited a fantastic team but it's superstars were getting older and maybe he knew that and also that's it's talisman Ronaldo was going to Juve. Working under the pressure in the Premier League might be more than Zidane is capable of. As weird as this may sound I would not mind if Bielsa was given a chance. He has the knowledge and experience to handle a big club and would make out players a team who fight as well as play attractive football. (it would also really upset Leeda fans which would be a nice little bonus)

9.) 27 Aug 2018 06:40:07
A bit left field but what about glen hoddle or micheal laudrap?

{Ed001's Note - the Michael Laudrup who wouldn't take coaching sessions in the rain because it messed up his hair when managing Swansea? He would only do one training session a season in Manchester!}

10.) 27 Aug 2018 07:18:26
I cannot find Ed002's post on why Jardim was ruled out for us as Mort said. But, I wish we would get Jardim after Mourinho with Marcel Bout as DoF and back them wholeheartedly.

11.) 27 Aug 2018 10:16:55
I would not mind a combo of Hoddle and Gary Neville if they could be persuaded to work together. Steel and no nonsense and Creativity.

12.) 27 Aug 2018 10:21:05
For me, the outstanding candidate is Pochittino. He has experience in the PL and he's done fantastically well recruiting players on small budget. Spurs are great to watch and have a good balance between defence and attack.
I also think Diogo Simione will have to be considered. His teams don't play all action attacking football, but they play to a certain cohesive plan. And the players are super fit and can play the high pressing game.
Finally, i know he's taken on the Spain job, but Luis Enrique will be a different direction for the club and will finally have us playing the Barcelona way. But this will involve us changing half the team as we'll need players who can actually pass the ball under pressure. Our current crop of players are particularly bad at that.

13.) 27 Aug 2018 10:22:37
Perhaps I’ve used the idea of “history” rather loosely Scholes but he has at the very least connected with both. Reports suggest they are “intrigued” by the prospect of Zidane as manager; indeed, Zidane admitted he’d have liked him at Madrid and described him as a cross between Makele and Viera.

(Plus the French Connection of course 😉)

{Ed002's Note - Maybe Pogba and Martial will move to a club that Zidane eventually joins then? Because both want out of Manchester United.}

14.) 27 Aug 2018 12:02:05
Interesting insight Ed002, many thanks as always. May I ask if you think that PP and AM want out of MU just because if Mourinho, or do you believe they’d stay if Jose goes first? (Ie deeper issues at the club, not just JM. )

Shame though, as they get paid so much to be professional and do a job, regardless of who the boss is - unless JM is being unprofessional too.

{Ed002's Note - Players come and go, they are transient employees. The players Manchester United sign have come from other clubs - there doesn't need to be any weird background story going on. Pogba should never have signed. Martial was never worth what Manchester United paid for him. Nobody is being unprofessional.}

15.) 27 Aug 2018 12:34:11
Hoddle is an interesting left-field choice. I'll be honest, I'd never really considered him until I saw him mentioned above. His England team were decent to watch, and there's no doubt he knows what he's talking about. Except when it comes to karma, obviously!

16.) 27 Aug 2018 18:18:14
Could be anyone but he needs 4 or 5 new players whoever it is because this squad hasn't enough strength in depth to win the league.

17.) 27 Aug 2018 18:33:34
Martial is not good enough and Pogba doesn’t want to be here. End the circus and sell them both!

{Ed002's Note - The circus is the fans.}

18.) 27 Aug 2018 23:11:31
if that's the case about micheal laudrap that makes him an even more exceptional coach - what a legend!



15 Jul 2018 22:34:14
Dear Ed002,

Thank you so much for taking the time to compile the megapod!

Really made my day - thank you.


{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

1.) 15 Jul 2018 23:39:43
Thank you very much for sharing this information with us ed. It is greatly appreciated.

2.) 16 Jul 2018 00:09:53
Great stuff ed and thanks for putting a lot of effort in this.

Enjoy the rest of your summer.

{Ed002's Note - Thanks.}

3.) 16 Jul 2018 00:20:50
That Dolly Parton song, is now on my playlist. Genius :)

{Ed002's Note - Great stuff. The Jealous Bofriend is another.

4.) 16 Jul 2018 01:18:42
The magic mushroom song is on my mind.
I was surfing once in my mates sitting room🤢.

5.) 16 Jul 2018 12:02:22
Worth the wait Ed, thank you for the effort you put into these and all the info obvs. Listened to a fair few of your Sharkopod's now and I'm always trying to work out your accent, still none the wiser!

{Ed002's Note - I am American by birth but left there in 1981 and have sinced largely lived in either Monaco or England (a little more England) aside from a couple of short stints elsewhere.}

6.) 16 Jul 2018 18:24:32
Ed002, I'm too old to get excited over possible transfers, but I thank you for opening up the world of MacLean and MacLean to me. Much appreciated!



30 Apr 2018 14:03:25
Looking bit clearer now what Jose’s gameplay might be next season if Fellaini does indeed sign a new contract.

As well as saving the need to get two midfielders, he’ll hopefully concentrate on getting a top class Carrick replacement to dictate play, rather than another box to box player.

Also, Fellaini (and Lukaku) thrives on crosses so priority will be two pinpoint crossing fullbacks. Perisic would’ve been perfect but we’re already overloaded on the left hand side.

#statingtheobvious 😉.





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22 Jun 2019 18:21:50
Can see this happening - need to trim squad and sell players first 😢.




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22 Jun 2019 12:21:41
Think united need to sell players before bring so many in: obviously financial reasons but also a bloated squad that is getting stagnant - Why should players even want to come to us in the state we’re in, unless they’re prepared to commit to the long term plan? Only a few obvious spaces in the first team and a really unhealthy atmosphere at the club with reported unrest in the dressing room etc

Someone needs to be really brave and sweep out lots of the short term failures and really start planning got the life g term, even if it’ll take a few seasons.




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19 Jun 2019 00:52:54
I hope Pogba leaves too.




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19 Jun 2019 00:51:52
After briefly searching for reviews and player profiles about Diop, he looks a really promising defender: great in the air and tackle, decent passing and good awareness.

Only weaknesses are improving longer passes out to full backs and rash decisions, which would probably improve with maturity.

Comes across as a non-nonsense defender who would really complement Lindelof. Before WH, Barcelona etc were interested in him. Always been a captain too, so would show leadership at the back.




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04 Jun 2019 19:48:48
Miguel Delaney in “The Independent: says “Just one of many dressing-room concerns right now is that Pogba has a negative influence on Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford, the latter of whom is seen to have lost his previously endearing humility”, while Chris Ashton in “The Sun” says: “Pogba runs the United dressing room and he needs a firm hand to keep him in check after yet another dip in form. ” and “And The Sun now reports that Pogba is ‘tearing Manchester United’s dressing room apart’ which will likely see the end to his time at the club.

The 26-year-old is understood to have told team-mates that he doesn’t think United have ‘made any progress’ since he left for Juventus seven years ago.

The report adds that United fear that Solskjaer can’t handle Pogba’s big personality”.





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19 Jun 2019 16:07:31
Have a meeting today with Claudia Wether but suspect might be rained off.




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19 Jun 2019 00:52:46
Agree Gaza

Also, few if any clubs can afford him so, if he does stay, club needs to have at least looked at though they wanted to keep him so he might actually want to play fir the club.




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12 Jun 2019 11:51:31
Think he also knows his best mate Pogba is unhappy going too.




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12 Jun 2019 11:25:09
Clever agent.




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06 May 2019 20:39:40
Thanks Ed, I’m presuming you’re alluding to us blaming Woodward when maybe he’s just the public face of the board and there are other structures going on that we are not aware of, such as scouting, coaching, psychology, youth development etc.

Perhaps the need for someone who can oversee everything and pull it all together into a cohesive and progressive unit has never been more needed.