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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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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!



21 Jul 2017 06:33:09
Looks like JM sending clear message to EW post-match:

"The credit for Lukaku and Lindelof is not mine but Ed Woodward's and I thank him for that fantastic work to bring us two very important players. But we need a bit more"


1.) 21 Jul 2017 08:56:43
Those dumb comparisons, who have liverpool signed except salah their 2 big transfer don't look like happening either, westham have not yet completed signings of 2 of the 3 players mentioned, city are yet to be even linked to a decent cb their biggest worry last season other than the gk. Also chelsea have signed bakayoko and rudiger both of whom have a lot to prove and long way to go to be called fantastic experienced players.

2.) 21 Jul 2017 09:10:17
Also, none of those other teams are Manchester United. I think when Manchester United come calling for a player an extra 10-15 million is added on to that player.

If we went for Chicarito right now would he cost us £13 million?

Yeah it would be nice to see players in early, but I also don't want to see the club get ripped off. Let's see how much Morata goes to Chelsea for. Granted we don't know how far we got into negotiations and we can only use the tabloids as a reference, but I should imagine you'll see a difference in price from what we where required to pay.

3.) 21 Jul 2017 09:42:53
CSM, Rüdiger is a full German international and doesn't have that much left to prove really. He can improve quite a bit further, but he's quite proven :-)
Morata's fee is reported to be just under 60 million pounds, but with future add-ons it could go up to 70m apparently. Hope it helps.

4.) 21 Jul 2017 10:22:00
jackson i did not mention morata as i think he is a good player, also why does rudiger have to improve a lot if he is quite proven player.

5.) 21 Jul 2017 10:39:39
Does JM ever stop whinging?

The club has spent upwards of 100mil already to improve his team this season.

Sometimes he really sounds like a spoiled brat.

6.) 21 Jul 2017 11:02:11
Pot, kettle, black.

7.) 21 Jul 2017 12:00:12
Rudiger has quite a bit to prove, as he's never played in England. They're is countless players that have excelled for their country or in different leagues and don't cut it in the premier league, we've had a few ourselves, Jackson.

As for the morata fee, there was reports of real Madrid holding out for 80 million from united. So if Chelsea get him for a reported 58 - 70 million that's quite a difference.

Mourinho loves a whinge and an excuse, it's a very ugly quality of his. If I was Woodward I'd tell him to look within the club and the millions we spend on developing talent.

8.) 21 Jul 2017 14:19:47

Post of the day mate.

9.) 21 Jul 2017 14:34:49
I think the PL proven thing as overstated. Yes, lots of foreign players have come to the PL and have failed to produce. But that isn't specifically related to foreign players. Players move within the PL to a top club and sometimes they fail to produce as well. Pool for example have bought Benteke, Lambert and Lovren. They all did well at their former clubs, yet they didn't look as excellent when they made the step up to a top 6 club (can't call Pool a title contender just yet) . Sigurdsson failed to fully settle at Spurs as well.
So I don't necessarily think Rüdiger has lots to prove. And being proven has little to do with room for improvement, CSM, surely you realize that. Hazard is proven, yet a lot of people would say he can still improve as a player. Lukaku is proven as a player, yet he can improve further as well. Being proven and having room to improve are 2 different things.

10.) 21 Jul 2017 21:49:16
I get the feeling JMB will change his name again soon, GDS2. So at least he gets a day or two without feeling the need for a tin hat. ;)




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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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31 May 2018 23:44:33
Read the Kohler would like a partnership with Koke also.




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29 May 2018 23:42:33
It did say rather unflattering things about Pep Guariola’s bald head! 😂.




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29 May 2018 19:35:19
You need to read his Wikipedia entry lol!





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06 Jun 2018 11:14:53
To Twinkle little star:

Tackle tackle little Fred,
Win the ball and prove you’re Red,
Pass it, pass it to big Paul,
He can do magic with the ball.




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04 Jun 2018 11:00:27
Read somewhere that JM was fed up with Bailly being in/ out of the team throughout season (returning from injuries/ Africa cup etc) so wouldn’t surprise me if he went.

Maybe JM was making a point to him at end of season to sort himself out.




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02 Jun 2018 15:57:47
One L of a player





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31 May 2018 12:51:56
Because JM does not want to concede goals above all then I think he’ll want to strengthen defence.

Because he’s lacked faith in back 4 he’s played the really conservative game to reinforce his belief, hence signing Matic was so important to him.

Once defence is sorted I think (or rather hope! ) he’ll play a more attacking game.




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27 May 2018 21:54:51
Got to feel for the poor lad though - he looked absolutely devastated and possibly end of a top flight career?

Liverpool did well to get there but ultimately beaten by the better team.