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23 Feb 2019 09:56:36
Question for the eds - I know its early days, ref the summer transfer window, but has there been any enquiries/ interest shown in Sanchez and/ or Lukaku? (personally think there may be more mileage in sanchez potentially leaving) Thanks in advance.


{Ed002's Note - No and to move Sanchez on Manchester United will either need to cancel his contract, pay most of his wages to a buying club or find some halfway solution.}

1.) 23 Feb 2019 13:03:07
CHEERS Ed002 - enjoy the weekend.

{Ed002's Note - Thanks. And you.}

2.) 23 Feb 2019 20:00:52
Contract ends in 2022, pretty much in the same situation as we were with rooney in 2013-2017. Its amazing how much damage one bad contract can do to a club.

3.) 24 Feb 2019 10:24:20
Was thinking about yesterday. Personally if I had to move one of them on it would be lukako. Marcus is clearly our main cf and if he is injured then martial lingard sanchez can fill in all of them offering the sort of pace and movement that ole likes and rom doesn't have. I accept that rom has many other qualities and was our leading scorer last year but I simply cannot see where he fits in with ole's vision.
Also we would of course receive a substantial fee for rom which we wouldn't for sanchez.

4.) 24 Feb 2019 07:36:35
With Chelseas ongoing striker problem, could Lukaku go there?

{Ed002's Note - Of course not.}

5.) 24 Feb 2019 14:12:40
Lukaku though offers a plan b for when plan a isn't working or isn't available. Also lukaku can deliver an end product. Can score and is a good crosser. Sanchez couldn't finish his dinner.

6.) 24 Feb 2019 17:51:05
This is where Woody needs to be held accountable. He extended Jose’s contract and then had to pay it up when he sacked him, and we e given Sanchez an abhorrent amount of money which would easily unsettle other players, particularly as he continues his headless chicken routine. I swear he passes to opposition players more than his own teammates.

7.) 24 Feb 2019 20:24:55
No one holds him to account though. Hence why we won't appoint a DoF.

8.) 25 Feb 2019 14:28:50
At least he has been given a 60% pay rise.



08 Jan 2019 13:25:49
Ed002 if you could shed some light please- Martial's contract situation is still apparently unresolved but are there any serious european / EPL clubs circling that you are aware of with a serious interest? Thanks in advance.


{Ed002's Note - Try the Sharkopods.}

1.) 08 Jan 2019 15:56:28
cheers will do.



03 Oct 2018 09:46:45
Sly sports report- (probably100% lies) that we turned down a bid for pp of 45m + mina and gomes from Barcelona in the summer. Also reported that player part ex was dismissed by the club from I think ed002- I think this might be the only solution or method of getting the underperforming/ big wages of the books whilst still bringing in new blood. PSG appaently interested with Rabiot wanting out, they also have the likes of Verrati, cavani . Might be time for ed to change the negotiation tactics.


{Ed002's Note - This is where there is a major stumbling block. The only way it would be financially possible for PSG would be if Neymar or Mbappe were to leave - and they needed a replacement for Marco Verratti - but Mino has other ideas in any case. Barcelona's problem is simple, wages. They can fund the purchase but they are maxed out on wages and that is one of the reasons they will look to include players in any major deals. Their problem does not go away easily unless they can move Suarez on and perhaps offload Messi to a retirement in Orlando. Juventus are looking to continue their "growth plan" and would take Pogba if they can assure themselves he will excel, and they can address the financial needs which will include moving a couple of high end players on. I would not discount them but he is not top of their list.}

1.) 03 Oct 2018 11:17:58
cheers ed002 for the rapid response. I always thought the wages a fees would end up being a major stumbling block with transfers and it obviously is. Thanks for the detailed answer, have a great day.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

2.) 03 Oct 2018 13:21:45
I would take Either of Rabiot or Pogba Plus cash for Pogba at this minute. However, tomorrow is a different day.

3.) 03 Oct 2018 13:37:32
Rabiot or veratti I meant lol.

{Ed002's Note - Rabiot will be out of contract in the summer and neither are of interest to the club right now.}

4.) 03 Oct 2018 16:35:10
Thanks for the heads up Ed.

5.) 03 Oct 2018 22:58:45
Do not rate Rabiot. He never dominates a match which is what we need.



04 Aug 2017 13:56:27
Just asking on peoples thoughts after reading Ed002 comment on euro pages regarding Martial potentially leaving if an acceptable offer comes in- which other player if they left would be a surprise? I reckon Mata could be shifted for the right money.


1.) 04 Aug 2017 14:40:07
I've just read Mata's press release about Common Goal (if you haven't read it yet, do so, it's very good) .

He loves the club. He's a great little player who isn't throwing his toys out of the pram if he doesn't start every game. We need people like him in the squad, hebrings an extra level of intelligence to the pitch which we are sometimes missing.

2.) 04 Aug 2017 14:56:54
Hi Cookyman. I can't seem to find that post. Can you copy and paste for us?

3.) 04 Aug 2017 15:17:07
I think there are players we could potentially sign or currently have who are more consistent than Martial. However, I would not like to see him go.

For me he has more potential than Rashford but is more frustrating. He is someone who will either been seen as one of the best on the planet in a couple of years or he will be playing for a mid table side doing the odd brilliant thing followed by 6 weeks of underperformance. The left wing position is up for grabs and for me he should start against West Ham there.

Mata is a different case. Fantastic player but probably isn't first choice in any position regardless of what system we play. Great player to have in the squad who is likely to make a contribution but if we see a £20 m plus offer I can see him leaving.

4.) 04 Aug 2017 15:00:44
No worries cookyman. I found it, I didn't look at SERIE A page.

Must say I am extremely surprised because going back a little, I'm sure ed said they paid heavily for him and wanted to keep him. Is that correct ed002? I wonder what has happened that they'd be happy to sell him.

I think he is a good talent that can be very good, I think it would be a shame for him to be sold.

{Ed002's Note - MU over paid for Martial by a long, long way. Inter are interested and there may be mileage in using him in discussions about Perisic.}

5.) 04 Aug 2017 16:26:46
Sorry Angel just got back online (at work) atm or I wouldve but see youve managed.
Mata does seem to be a genuine good guy and team mates and fans alike, seem to adore the guy, I just think and it really is my opinion, that he could be sacrificed if a good offer comes in as he was let go by chelsea and although a cracking player, not sure he fits the JM profile, ie. not fast, not great at tracking back and not 6'4". lol.

6.) 04 Aug 2017 17:48:12
If mourinho sells martial to get perisic, i am done with mourinho, for once he needs to develop inconsistent talent and actually do some youth development rather than giving us a fictional list of players he gave debuts to. This will be a transfer akin to fellaini's, wherein the player will be treated for what he symbolises than what he actually brings to the table.

7.) 04 Aug 2017 18:24:29
Just out of curiosity CSM, would you be interested in Bale if we get a chance to sign him?

8.) 04 Aug 2017 18:48:49
look below shan, i am all for bale at the right price but not at martial's cost.

9.) 04 Aug 2017 18:04:38
thanks ed002. Jose must not be convinced. Yes we overpaid for sure, same old story.

{Ed002's Note - He was interested in him at Chelsea s padding for £20M.}

10.) 04 Aug 2017 19:25:00
Since taking over jm has sold depay, rooney and ibra and only purchased lukaku. He speaks about balance and i can see why he wants 1 more wide attacking player. Giving 1 away to accomodate that deal would still leave us short. That is why martial should stay and i think he will have a muxh better season this year too
The other issue we have is that due to long term injury and the euro suspensions of baily and jones we are unable/ relucant to shift a couple of players on.

11.) 04 Aug 2017 22:58:07
United overpaid for Martial by a long, long way in a world where Kyle Walker is worth 50m? Really?

{Ed002's Note - Yes they did and it is nothing to do with Kyle Walker at all. What a stupid comment.}

12.) 04 Aug 2017 23:19:15
Actually it's not a stupid comment, we paid the current going rate for one of the best young talents in Europe .

{Ed025's Note - it was not the current going rate at that time bilko, it was miles over the top mate..

13.) 04 Aug 2017 23:22:03
I think wee did over pay but i don't want him to leave but unfortunately i don't think we will see more of him this season than we did last season if he stays especially if we sign another wide player. Just a hunch.

14.) 05 Aug 2017 05:22:10
So you want Bale and then where do you play Martial? In all honesty, if we are going after a winger, I don't see where Martial fits in. You have Rashford and Lingard and Mkhitaryan above Martial in the playing order already. I think a loan to Inter would do him no harm at all.

15.) 05 Aug 2017 07:44:52
shan i would get rid of lingard, he is everything that is wrong with english football right now, 100k per week for a player who won't start for any of the top 6-7 teams in the league. Bale/ griezmann, lukaku, martial and rashford alternating, as the front 3 with mkhi/ mata behind them for most of our games, everyone would get enough games.

16.) 05 Aug 2017 08:40:21
Agree with the Eds. United overpaid for Martial 2 years back.
Although City have overpaid for Walker, but at least he is one of the best RBs in the Premier League.
Martial isn't even close to being in the top 25 players in the Premier League in any attacking position.
And City paying more for Walker doesn't justify us paying more for Martial.

{Ed025's Note - the thing with walker is that he is the finished article zaid whether you rate him or not, martial was bought as potential and has yet to live up to expectations so for me the price paid was well over the top mate..

17.) 05 Aug 2017 09:29:33
CSM I get your point but Martial still doesn't get the game time. He would still be behind Rashford and Mkhitaryan and the new winger.

18.) 05 Aug 2017 10:24:34
Shan for me martial should be ahead of rashford, but any which way I think he will get decent game time. We will play around 55-60 games should be enough to rotate the squad. Also mkhi will play no 10 in most games I think it will be a 2 man mf in many games so it will give rash and martial good game time.

19.) 05 Aug 2017 11:52:39
Martial won't start 20 games if we sign smother wide player csm imo. Better to loan him and get back a better player in a years time imo.

20.) 05 Aug 2017 14:40:25
Martial is a true world class player in the making I think we will see a different player to last season (he had off field problems with his woman happens to every man at some point) and looks a snip at the price compared to players of his quilitys in this inflated market I think a lot will be left with humble pie by him this season, loaning him out is not in Joses plans neither is selling him he had already stated he has a big part to play this season.

21.) 05 Aug 2017 14:40:25
Martial is a true world class player in the making I think we will see a different player to last season and looks a snip at the price compared to players of his quilitys in this inflated market I think a lot will be left with humble pie by him this season, loaning him out is not in Joses plans neither is selling him he had already stated he has a big part to play this season.

22.) 05 Aug 2017 15:43:58
Describing Lingard as everything that is wrong with English football right now is probably the stupidest comment I've ever read on the internet. Wow.

23.) 05 Aug 2017 16:55:41
hey genius please enlighten this fool as to why it is so stupid

24.) 06 Aug 2017 10:36:04
That comment there CSM sums ups everything that is wrong with the so called 'united' fans. Especially the ones on this site.

25.) 06 Aug 2017 17:55:01
why is that angel, lingard is an average player who isn't good enough to be at utd. He won't be starting for any of the top 7-8 teams, yet he earns 100k for doing it. Now i am not one of those guys who think footballers should not be paid big wages or anything but if someone like isco who if blindfolded and had a leg tied up will still have more footballing ability than lingard earns half of what lingard earns, there is something seriously wrong.



12 Aug 2016 11:53:34
Rumours of "boro being interested in a loan deal for Pereira. Think it could be a good move as he will get valuable minutes at that club and would come back stronger and much more refined for epl, hopefully.


1.) 12 Aug 2016 13:13:06
I think that would be a good move for Periera, I think Middlesbrough will try and play ''good'' football and he'll see a lot of the ball. I just hope if he does go out on loan, he gets game time unlike some other kids who have gone out and got no more time then they would have if they'd stayed with us!

2.) 12 Aug 2016 13:28:18
Totally agree. It is much better that he goes on loan if he is going to get the chance to play week in week out in the EPL. If he gets to play regular first team football he should only improve and hopefully come back ready to slot into our first team.

He is a little light weight, but has bags of technical ability. Reminds me a lot of Mata, except that he has more pace than mata. I hope he make the grade. Would love to see him in the first team after a season away earning his stripes.

3.) 12 Aug 2016 13:13:06
I think that would be a good move for Periera, I think Middlesbrough will try and play ''good'' football and he'll see a lot of the ball. I just hope if he does go out on loan, he gets game time unlike some other kids who have gone out and got no more time then they would have if they'd stayed with us!

4.) 12 Aug 2016 13:28:18
Totally agree. It is much better that he goes on loan if he is going to get the chance to play week in week out in the EPL. If he gets to play regular first team football he should only improve and hopefully come back ready to slot into our first team.

He is a little light weight, but has bags of technical ability. Reminds me a lot of Mata, except that he has more pace than mata. I hope he make the grade. Would love to see him in the first team after a season away earning his stripes.

5.) 12 Aug 2016 14:30:52
A great move for the lad to he has plenty of ability liked him since he arrived let's all hope progress he needs to gain can be made i think it will good luck to anyone who goes on loan and would live it if he can help chip points away from our rivals.

6.) 12 Aug 2016 21:24:03
Tbh, I'd like him to stay. We'll most likely play our youngsters in the other tournaments ie Fa cup, Europa, and league cup! I was wrong when I thought Jose may try n win the Europa, I now think he will go all out for the Prem and thus allowing players like Periera, Tunazebe and TFM to get serious competitive game time this season from the other competitions.
I wouldn't want him to go out on loan and have it not be successful or have him only play a handful of games when I'm sure he could be of real importance in our other competitive games!




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22 Nov 2019 15:03:05
Off at a bit of a tangent - but Eds or anyone who knows: if a player excels on loan and an other club wants to buy him, then obviously the parent club has to agree but can the club the player is loaned to stop the deal? Would have thought it was a difficult deal to pull off and not common but must have arisen before .


{Ed002's Note - Of course. You cannot force a player to sign a contract.}

1.) 22 Nov 2019 18:03:15
cheers ed i understand your answer was thinking reprevious info on the transfer process shared by yourself, that should the situation arise then the deal would be a contractual nightmare if the player and the mother club wanted it to go ahead. Have a good weekend .

{Ed002's Note - Players can only sign during transfer windows in any case. Everyone would simply wait until the summer.}



01 Oct 2019 09:16:36
So, after last nights game:
we really struggle to play a full game with the amount of skill, intensity and passion required to get a win! Rashford really is in need of a confidence boost/ kick up the proverbial, and several of the others on show last nite aren't up to it. Pogba never impressed, players who did ok - tuanzebe, fred when he came on mctominay ddg, but no real stand out player for me simply flashes now and again. Not the worst performance this season but we really are light years away from challenging for epl. Can never understand how in order to get something from a game you give a sub with form the last ten minutes . Greenwood should have had more minutes especially to replace lingard.


1.) 01 Oct 2019 10:55:56
We had our chances to win the game.
Rashford missed a great opportunity. McTominay missed a sitter from corner.



11 Jul 2019 10:18:52
Good morning, ed
don't know where to post this so trying here. If a club accepts cash and player (s) for a player : if there is a portion of any transfer fee to go back to the players former club is it based on the cash or cash plus value of exchanged player? Just wondering : none specific.


{Ed002's Note - The transfer value put on the TMS is the total value of the players plus any other money paid.}

1.) 11 Jul 2019 15:27:51
I was wondering this myself recently due to the Zaha/ Arsenal rumours. Thanks Ed.

2.) 11 Jul 2019 16:37:25
cheers ed - was thinking that was probably the way but not knowing thought i'd ask - some reasoning was that player plus cash deals seem to be getting mentioned this window more than I recollect.



23 Mar 2019 09:54:51
Paper talk-....


{Ed002's Note - Wrong page.}



01 Feb 2019 16:46:39
Would just like to thank Luke Shaw on his £15k donation to the fund on behalf of Luke Jobson, who was tragically killed and found in the river near Yarm recently. Sometimes the good that players do doesn't always get noticed but Well done Luke Shaw.


1.) 01 Feb 2019 18:22:49
Completely agree Cooky. Juan Mata did a good deed for Any Mitton’s younger brother after his father died, no press, no fuss, just a kind act by a decent man.

2.) 01 Feb 2019 19:24:18
Top marks. Paul scholes gave unbelievable support to a charity my father set up. Lots of players give a lot of donations to good causes.
Nice to see Shaw make such a gracious donation.

3.) 01 Feb 2019 20:29:25
Beckham is another one who does a lot under the radar and our very own jred has personal experience of Rooney being a good egg. For all the sh1t they get, there’s a lot of good we don’t see.




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28 Nov 2019 15:41:11
GDS2 - looking at the last six games, i agree with you mate.




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27 Nov 2019 10:03:28
Eric- agree top 4 is far off but never impossible and also we as a team have a long rebuild pRoject, but re pogba: results without him are no worse than when he played the last 4 months of last season. As ed has repeatedly said he wants out, his agent will probably burst a blood vessel trying to engineer a move and if we get the right money, it could be reinvested into getting at least 2 positive replacement players. I see this as a positive with the prospect of matic moving on, smalling gettoing us a fee andyoung hopefully put out to grass in the summer.




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08 Nov 2019 14:51:34
Mandzucic has been mooted for quite a while but I cannot see how he would fit in: croatia he plays up front but we don't whip crosses in from the flanks and at juve he has played as a second striker and on the left! Surely that doesn't fit in with the players we have, rashford, martial and james to name 3.
No doubt the media will link us with 40+ targets but can only see us asking seriously about 4/ 5 and possibly getting 1/ 2.
Personal thought is a striker and midfielder as priorty positions with mid being top.




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13 Jul 2019 12:01:08
Ed 002 - not on twitter I'm afraid.
Been a long time admirer of Skriniar who "apparently " is not available; various reports and probably wrong, and was simply stating it would imo, be a good deal to involve a player that could be a more attractive option to us and go someway to easing defensive frailties. Wishful thinking ed002,


{Ed002's Note - There has been no attempt of MU to do that.}



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13 Jul 2019 09:37:15
Apparently inter wouldn't consider skriniar in a deal to any club but they want RL and at a lower fee than we want. Easy choice: make skriar a part of the deal if man utd are willing or pay the rate for RL. After all they stuck to their valuation on perisic .


{Ed002's Note - Nonsense I am afraid. Playing on Twitter again?}




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07 Dec 2019 12:48:22
Eric - eriksen looks like he has switched off and sulked because he wanted away in the summer so its a no for me :we've had too many of that type and need to get rid of 1 with the very same attitude in pogba. Manzukic again good short term but if we go that route I reckon Cavani would be better value atm with us also requiring dm/ cm/ am strengthening I would ship out matic look at leeds phillips who can also play cb and look at epl players such as mcginn/ maddison. pogba definately better he goes asap.




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07 Dec 2019 11:15:16
never seen him excel in a game to be talked about in that sort of price range but reckon the money could be better spent. concerns about his alleged attitude and behaviour, almost depay like at earlier stages of his carreer.




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05 Dec 2019 12:39:59
Happily confuseed about last nite as didn't expect the result or performances!
De gea couple of good saves, defense much better with young playing well and lindlehof constantly instructing the line to be held, midfield : Mctominay is developing into a definite when fit player who moves the ball well but also has a bit of grit to his game and fred had probably his best shift in a red shirt. The front 3 of rash, outstanding energy, james again tireless work and greenwood put in a good game made a very pleasant performance as well as result. The enigma is how so many players can be on/ off their game at once which is what we have seen for the best part of the year?
Overall summary- immense improvement must work harder to make this the norm.




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04 Dec 2019 10:08:33
Its quite common when a new manager comes in either permanent or caretaker, that there is a spike of better form/ results or performance. In ole's case it was more than a spike and I reckon he was given the job prematurely.
A lot of behind the scenes reasons as to why the form and results have become so poor but tactical awareness and personnel are the primary reasons for failure. Ole doesn't seem tactically strong and has no plan a, b or c :it seems like he just sends the players out and they have to work it out for themselves.
Regarding personnel, maquire is the most overated player in the squad with his game lacking pace and consisting of either a 10 yard pass to lindlehof or an innacurate blast to williams/ left full back. In the case of williams on Sunday he did the same thing approx 16 times and although footballers aren't generally known by mensa membership numbers, even the most inept could work out to stop the ball down the line to james/ rash by closing the yopungun down and forcing it inside to fred.

Lindlehof looks flustered and awb form has deteriated to the point were he can't cross the half way line never mind the ball.
We have understaffing in mid areas along with injuries, lack of mobility and ability. Upfront we have a threat but if any of rash, james or martial are injured we have no goal threat.
We are a team in transition and it takes time and is a never ending task to improve any team but without a core of ateam we will continue to languish mid table with poor results. Its 6 seasons on from saf and we have overall never progressed to 2013 levels that we were at :we have regressed. We haven't got many more chances to get on the right path so the next move imust be a right move.




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30 Nov 2019 14:31:36
oop north in geordies back yard being saying all week that there isn't a better time to play citee than at the moment- 2-2 proves it.