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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.



10 Sep 2015 11:35:56
So what's happened with Smalling? So the media commentators pencilling him in with Stones as best England defensive partnership for years to come.

He seems to have matured as a player, ball distribution, awareness of others and just seems more confident.

Can we credit LvG/coaches for this?

If only Jones would fulfil his potential now too.


1.) 10 Sep 2015 12:51:00
Where's bond when you need him? ;)

{Ed007's Note - I couldn't give a monkeys what any pundit says and I don't care about international football but as an outsider looking in Harry I'd say this to Wallace, every two years the English media hype up their players and their squad and at every tournament they're found out to be diddies.
It tells you more about the awful standard of players England is producing than anything else if pundits are saying that about Smalling, the Germans, Spanish and the good old Argies must be terrified of having to face Smalling for years to come - I mean Jesus wept, do people actually watch games or just see what a pundit says and decides 'See I must be right, that master tactician Ian Wright said the same as me.'
Why is it when a pundit praises a Utd player he's right but if he criticises Utd or a Utd player he must be wrong and doesn't know what he's talking about or he's a bitter etc?
How many games would Smalling have played if Utd had got any of their numerous CB targets in the summer? He'd have played in the LC and cover injuries - think of an English John O'Shea or the new Wes Brown when you see Smaling, a short-term stop gap until Utd get someone better in, which they tried all summer to do.}

2.) 10 Sep 2015 15:04:11
I think LVG and his coaching team have to take the credit. Faith has been put in him and he is performing well. I'd love Jones to sort himself out too but it just doesn't look like happening for him.

If it was me I'd look to get Stones in January and pair him up with Smalling. We would have 3 of the England back 4 for years to come in Stones, Smalling and Shaw. And if Stones is looking for a move then I could see us being interested. There would be no serious City interest, Wenger wouldn't pay the money, he wouldn't go to Liverpool and Chelsea have quite a few centre backs now so I'd see a fairly clear path to his signing if we wanted him.

3.) 10 Sep 2015 15:05:20
In fairness to Smalling I think he would of stayed in the side, we would only have signed one center back and he is currently the best the squad has to offer.

4.) 10 Sep 2015 14:53:53
Tbf when was the last time Smalling had a bad game ed? He's improved a lot, coming from someone who used to criticise him a fair bit. I think he current looks very assured.

{Ed007's Note - We've been through all this before with players like Cleverley and Welbeck, for years I said they weren't good enough for Utd and there was people on here saying they would be in the Utd and England team for years to come and looked how that worked out.
Utd aren't going to win any trophies under LvG and having players like Smalling isn't going to make any difference, they're part of the problem rather than any solution.
If Chris Smalling was playing for Stoke or Aston Villa would you be on here saying Utd should bust the bank for him and saying X pundit said he'll be playing for England for years and he won MOTM against Switzerland? Folk would just laugh at you.
I always find that gives you a realistic opinion of your own players, everyone is bias for their own team but just think to yourself, if he wasn't at Utd would I want them to sign him?
I doubt that there's many would want Smalling signed.}

5.) 10 Sep 2015 14:55:26
First Smalling - Jones, now Smalling -Stones. Smalling will fall out of favour soon as soon as a left centreback has a few good games the press will jump all over them and it'll be A N Other - Stones. Wasn't it going to be Chambers-Stones that were going to carry us to World Cup glory just after Brazil? I love our press.

6.) 10 Sep 2015 16:39:54
Sorry Ed, this is one I just cannot get on board with. Smalling is maturing into one of the best defenders in the league. Cleverly and Welbeck were constantly criticized, despite having a few good games occasionally. They also played in far fewer games consistently than Smalling has. He was a solid defender last year, and has been outstanding at the start of this season, arguably our best player, you could never have said that about Welbeck or Cleverly. I agree the standard of English players is declining, but to say Smalling is backup at best is pure nonsense.

{Ed007's Note - That's just babbling twaddle, you obviously didn't see the posters on here bigging up Cleverley and Welbeck season after season which is what I said. Do you really think it's a good thing that Smalling is arguably you're best player? I'd say it just shows again how far behind the current top clubs Utd are and how garbage they've actually been lately, I can't even remember the last Utd domestic game I enjoyed watching.
Would Smalling be playing for any of the other 3 of the top 4 in England last season, he wouldn't get in the Spurs or Southampton teams either and the Scousers probably see him as a bit of a diddy anyway, would he have been seen as a potential replacement to Ramos or Hummells if they had left their clubs?
As I said, we'll see where Smalling is in two years time (I'll say Everton or Aston Villa), hopefully by that time Utd have a manager who knows what he's doing.}

7.) 10 Sep 2015 17:16:52

I usually agree with you, but anybody who has watched Chris Smalling play regularly in the last 9 months would struggle to agree with what you are saying. Just because you were right about Cleverley and Welbeck doesn't mean you are right about Smalling, and not sure Cleverley and Welbeck ever had 3 or 4 good games in a row never mind 6 months of good games, like No.7 said, when was his last mistake, because I can't think of any since the City game last November.

8.) 10 Sep 2015 17:25:10
I agree with cleverly and welbeck but I believe a bit harsh on smalling bond. He has seriously stepped up and I believe if he were to play with another top CB he would improve even more. But he has looked the part the past 10 months or so.

Forget about all the England crap, I never listen to that hype, nor do I listen to what any pundit has to say apart from Johnny Giles and Liam Brady, Oh and of course G Neville.

Your belief that LVG won't win anything is quite strong, going to be interesting to see how he gets on. His track record is quite good in terms of trophies so I'm still going to stay positive and with the belief he will win something within the next year or two. I'll hold my hands up if I'm completely wrong. I hope you will too

9.) 10 Sep 2015 18:48:05
Can't disagree about cleverly or welbeck but you couldn't be more wrong about smalling imo. To say he would get in the Spurs or Southampton team is a joke.

10.) 10 Sep 2015 20:29:27
I have literally no idea why I constantly see everyone slating Jones on here. It's as if I'm watching a different game to everyone else. For me he's quality and gives his all, the only problem is how often he's injured.

As far as Smalling is concerned, he's having a decent season so far by his standards, but I still think he's distinctly average and not United quality. All he's really done this season is the minimum that should be expected, nothing amazing or great, so no idea why people are suddenly raving about him.

11.) 10 Sep 2015 21:42:44
Ed said, 'diddies' :)

12.) 11 Sep 2015 01:36:36
Badger, sorry to disagree but I believe half of PJ's problems are that he's so "committed" that his mind wanders from positional sense, and he gets injured going in my tackles you shouldn't need to make.

13.) 11 Sep 2015 01:41:01
Ps Badger, I meant to close my disagreement on your PJ post with agreement on Smalling. IMO he had a slow start, is starting to look more comfortable but still has a way to go.

14.) 11 Sep 2015 05:21:02
When was Smalling's last mistake? In my opinion it was in the last game. He was marking nobody for the first goal. And he was expecting Romero to come out for the second goal instead of being more proactive by pressuring the attacker or trying to cut him off.

15.) 11 Sep 2015 06:15:39
Bond is bang on the money, Welbeck and Cleverley were both nowhere near good enough and Smalling albeit our best central defender at the moment is no Rio or Vidic and never will be.
A very good back up squad player at best.

16.) 11 Sep 2015 07:36:27

I disagree with you on smalling.

BTW I was one of the very few who never rated cleverly or welbeck even when they were having a decent time on the pitch. Smalling barring injuries is a very good cb and n this market worth a lot of money. If we get someone like varrane/marquinos/stone next to him with shaw and darmian, i think we will see our trophy cabinets bulging again.

Jones I never rated either and don't believe he will ever be good enough and only a squad player at best. BTW i also don't think blackett or Mcnair are good enough unless they have an incredible development over the next few years.

Whilst we are on that subject wilson and Janusaj are borderline and the next 2 years they need to improve quite a bit from where they are to make it with us.

17.) 11 Sep 2015 16:09:45
Ed, Cleverly nor Welbeck had a good long run of form where they sometimes looked the best player on the pitch at times, just because Smalling plays for the same club it's exactly the same situation? Anyone who has watched him closely will realise he's becoming a defender more suited to a club like ours playing at the top level.




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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 😉.




20 Mar 2018 12:17:11
Rather hypocritical of Deschamps to complain about Pogba’s lack of playing time, given his own selection strategy of him for the France national team.


1.) 20 Mar 2018 13:18:57
Spot on Wallace. So many out there helping to add salt to wound 🤣🤣.

2.) 20 Mar 2018 13:32:03
what ever happened to he was dropped because he wasn't performing.

3.) 20 Mar 2018 14:00:49
Deschamps is an idiot he is French fa's attempt at levelling the playing field given the advantage they have in the number of talented world class players in their team.



26 Feb 2018 08:31:43
Great article about United in today’s Independent newspaper by Jonathan Liew.


1.) 26 Feb 2018 12:34:23
Just read it thanks for sharing mate.

2.) 26 Feb 2018 13:43:16
Was a great article. Interesting that he states united have a great squad playing averagely and chelsea an average squad playing great/ above its potential. Can't really disagree with that if i am honest.



13 Aug 2017 16:49:34
Matic and Pogba been top class so far.

However, everything going through the middle - no width.

If don't sign Perisic, aurier or Rose then be same as last season with teams packing behind the ball and frustrating every move through the middle.


{Ed004's Note - Ideally we need two out of those 3}

1.) 13 Aug 2017 17:07:13
Mhkitaryan has been sloppy in the first half. He gets in the mix of things but nothing happens except for him giving the ball away.

2.) 13 Aug 2017 17:41:31
Agreed Ed4, ideally in both sides.

MH also agree - surprised Miki stayed on so long.

3.) 13 Aug 2017 17:48:22
Well he got two assists. Just needed to settle into the game.

4.) 13 Aug 2017 18:00:24
I love people who post during the game and end up looking silly. He played well, the team played well, celebrate.

5.) 13 Aug 2017 18:40:50
AJH I'm always cautious about posting mid game but I was calling it how I saw it.

6.) 13 Aug 2017 19:15:26
Really enjoyed the result AJH and really buzzing.

However, beyond today, unless we get more width, teams will just park the bus and we'll end up throwing Fellaini on firckadt 19 mins. West Ham poor - other sides will be much harder to score against.

However, amazing result today and what a player Matic is!




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09 Aug 2018 10:14:47
I suspect you’re close to the truth there OT: great article in one of the nationals about current events mirroring lead ups to previous JM implosions (board disagreeing with signings, breakdown in relationships etc) so, as a hard business decision, maybe they’re preparing for Jose to leave mid season and that’s why they want to hang onto Martial and Pogba to see if new manager can get best out of them. Jose wants immediate success, hence older experienced players with no resale value, while board wants a decent investment.

Hate to say it, and really hope I’m wrong, but this isn’t going to be an easy season for United.

Hope I’m wrong and we win the league!




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30 Jul 2018 07:04:35
That was really funny Ed!




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21 Jul 2018 22:07:05
Thanks for all info Ed - thought-provoking stuff.

So, if United do decide to engage in player exchanges given the astronomical prices of goods/ players now almost rendering cash meaningless - like inflation in a war-torn dictatorship, and supposing Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG might entertain the prospect of taking Pogba, who might they be prepared to exchange, who might we want AND what would the value differential be?

Personally, I'd like to see the following players swapped or exchanged somehow for Pogba:

Real Madrid:

Toni Kroos (player plus cash)
Raphael Varane (swap)
Gareth Bale (player plus cash)
Marco Ascensio (swap)


Rakitic (player plus cash)
Luis Suarez (player plus cash)


Rabiot (player plus cash)
Verrati (swap)

Anyone from Chelsea? Willian?

Wonder if Lazio will do any swapsies.


{Ed002's Note - The point of it for the Spanish sides is that it does not require the effort to sell players.}



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14 Jun 2018 10:44:42
Thanks loads Ed, love reading your detailed updates!

Would love to know what JM / boards thinking is of the potential manoeuvres might be in midfield: reading Ed002’s previous comments about people at OT realising that Pogba is better suited to Spain/ Italy, that he’s been offered to other clubs; plus Fellaini going and the possible stand off with SMS’s massive price, wonder if selling PP and replacing him with MV or SMS would really happen!




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05 Jun 2018 13:56:45
Apparently Barca, Real etc are all interested in Dalot so he quite a coup if we do get him. He’s won lots of honours with Portuguese junior teams and a quick google search is very complimentary about him being a “modern” full back who is quick, defends but also outs in a decent cross.





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10 Aug 2018 08:32:53
No pane no gain.




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10 Aug 2018 07:58:58
Excellent article by Daniel Taylor in today’s Guardian that explains it all.




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10 Aug 2018 07:43:49
Worrying in the short term but perversely I’m quite proud of the board for insisting on buying only younger talent to develop as its essential to plan for the future rather than a quick fix now that you might get with older players.

Look at all elite clubs who have seen they have ageing teams and are now bringing youthful talent in: RM, Barca, Bayern, City, Liverpool etc: we are already playing catch up with them but hopefully our aggressive recruitment pokicy at youth level with bear fruit soon.

We do have the team to challenge this year but we must also be building teams for future success as well: otherwise all the old men would frazzle out when Jose goes leaving nothing behind.




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29 Jul 2018 06:35:01
Being optimistic, I would guess that JM is trying to make a point to the board to get the players he wants ASAP.




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23 Jul 2018 13:45:00
If Ed002 doesn’t connect us to Maguire, then it’s very unlikely, know who I put my faith in for info, dunno how Ed gets to know what’s going on, must have some senior club people as drinking buddies!