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30 May 2017 09:16:38
Whilst traveling this morning I got to catch up with all the usual click bait and transfer gossip.
Here is a summary most of which is probably madness.
United are willing listen to offers for martial
United are trying to sign either rose or mendy for left back
Perisic has agreed terms on offer but united are about 15m short of inters valuation so no deal agreed.
Herrera will not go to Barca
Jose more confident than ever of keeping ddg
Greizman might come might not might stay might not stay aaaaaaggggghhhh annoying already
Smalling will be sold
Jose wants lindelof and Keane
Everton are not sure about investing what's required on Rooney so mis or China might be his best options
So it's all as clear as mud. I'm sue by the times I'm traveling home tonight there will be another wave of possibilities.


1.) 30 May 2017 09:38:24
It's all smoke the club want neymar.

2.) 30 May 2017 09:58:41

You forgot about Fabinho done deal apparently 😂😂

Also I don't think we will see Griezmann in a MU shirt next season.

3.) 30 May 2017 11:25:55
Dave he is The of signing i'd prioritise. Super player. Exactly what we have been missing for a while now. i'd snap him up in a heartbeat.

4.) 30 May 2017 12:43:35
I've heard that the club are heavily investing in time travel and cloning technologies although Jose wants Ardiles whilst Ed prefers Maradona.

Also Sylvester Stallone is ready to become the new keeper.

5.) 30 May 2017 12:39:29
What About Sniejder and Gaitan. That normally comes out of the woodwork by now.

6.) 30 May 2017 13:48:44

If that was the case then city would have already signed both of them, their technology is miles ahead of ours and thy have already signed all of the best players we could have got.



30 May 2017 08:59:43
Hi ed. There are some stories circulating that united would listen to offers for martial.
A) is there any truth to this
B) is there anybody showing any interest I him.?
Personally I don't think martial and Jose is a match made in heaven. I would rather have Jose here for 5 years than martial for 10.i can't see them getting on and I can see a parting of the ways sooner rather than later.
Martial has got some great attributes but I'm not sure that he has the required amount of ' get up and go or enthusiasm ' that Jose likes.


{Ed025's Note - martial has an attitude problem indicative of a young man on too much money and with a superstar lifestyle ken, hes not the first and wont be the last but as we all know jose does not suffer fools gladly, if a substantial offer came in for him im sure it would be considered as like depay before him he has failed to meet the brief expected of a united player, suitors will be few and far between though as united will not be giving him away mate..

1.) 30 May 2017 09:28:32
He explicitly mentioned in his interview too, that earlier players used to get rich after their career was over, nowadays they get rich at the beginning, and some of them lack the desire after that.
Martial isn't thriving under pressure, with France and under Jose.
At Monaco, and under LVG he was a kid who didn't have to deal with pressure and expectations, and now he's struggling.
His personal life must be affecting him a lot.

{Ed025's Note - its not easy for young guys rohan but they have to adapt mate..

2.) 30 May 2017 09:21:17
I disagree ed, the poor guy had a horrible year, but he also faced some problems actual too, his personal life issues add to that he was trying to get the whole AM9 thing going before some genius at utd decided to change his number and informing him only after the number had been given to ibra, not exactly the best way to start your season. Also there has been really no complaints from jose or any media reports that he has attitude issues, where did you get that from?

{Ed025's Note - i have read it on quite a few occasions CSM and from some good football people, jose is not going to come out publicly on it as his standing will drop and thats fair enough, if he is that fickle that the changing of his shirt number affects him then he needs to grow a set and knucle down and prove them wrong, its no use him sulking like a spoilt brat mate...attitude..

3.) 30 May 2017 09:21:23
Thanks ed. he is a talented lad but he is either lazy or lacks the fundamental intelligence to make a great player imo.
I don't see it ending well so if there is interest I think getting a good return now would be the way to go mate as I can see it blowing up. Personally I'm not a big fan I think he ha been over hyped and under delivers.

{Ed025's Note - im with you ken, he has all the physical attributes to be a very good player but sometimes thats just not enough mate..

4.) 30 May 2017 10:52:32
He deserves another season, he's shown much more than Depay or Januzaj has. He scored 17 goals in his debut season, and was average this season.
A preseason can do wonders and with the possibility of another French striker/ winger in Griezmann maybe he'll improve.
Still feel its early to let him leave, as he's had 1 wonderful season and another sub-par season.

5.) 30 May 2017 10:58:51
common sense i would listen to the eds they no a lot more than us.

6.) 30 May 2017 11:17:47
Rohan don't get me wrong I think he can be a very good player but I don't think he will ever fulfil his potential under Jose.

7.) 30 May 2017 12:03:04
With the way its panning out ken, I feel the same.
But Jose would take note that how he's let guys like Lukaku, De Bruyne, Salah etc leave and then later on they've doubled or tripled their values.
I personally would like him to a little more patient than he usually is, because Martial is a special talent, who has lost his way due to whatever reasons.
I'm sure the LVG's school of coaching and Deschamps tactics haven't helped him one bit, but maybe Martial toughens up, because I can't remember which game it was recently, when he played up top, he worked his socks off and Rooney was on the left.
I know stats mean bollocks, but there was this matrix where Perisic was compared to Martial, and Martial seemed to have a better score in almost all the attributes in a season where Martial struggled.
If he doesn't leave this summer, the next 6 months would decide his future.
I don't think the likes of Shaw, Martial have more than 6 months to prove themselves.

8.) 30 May 2017 12:33:06
Not an unreasonable standpoint at all rohan.
But that is my point. Would lukaku or De bruyne ever have excelled under Jose. I doubt it. But perhaps your right maybe he does deserve another season unless the right offer comes in.

9.) 30 May 2017 13:43:53
Ken can't say about de bruyne but lukaku certainly would have excelled under mourinho. He is the picture perfect jose mourinho big man, he is lazy but one thing mourinho does drill into every player he coaches is working hard in defence, had he stayed at chelsea he would have excelled under mourinho.

10.) 30 May 2017 14:29:19
Did we consider him over-hyped the previous season, when he was banging them in for fun? Is one below-par season not allowed any more? Some players suffer from second-season syndrome. Give the lad a chance this season, and then make a judgement on him. At least then we can see if last season was just a one-off, or symptomatic of a deeper malaise.

11.) 30 May 2017 10:28:42
I did not know that ed, he only has himself to blame if what you say is correct. While i agree that number change should not have too much impact but in today's world i can see how it might have pissed him off as it affected him commercially.

{Ed025's Note - he has to rise above things like that though CSM, and its not like hes short of a few bob mate..



15 May 2017 17:04:38
Reports from trabzonspor President I turkey that he is in negotiations to sign fellaini with Manchester United.
Not withstanding the fact that he was far from being our worst performer this season that would be a good sale imo.


{Ed002's Note - Manchester United will be happy to sell Fellaini if someone is happy to pay the asking price although Mourinho would like to hang on to him, at least until the club has added a defensive minded midfield player. Trabzonspor and Guizhou Zhicheng are interested.}

1.) 15 May 2017 18:58:34
Thought Jose would keep him tbh. Suppose it shows Jose has played him through necessity rather than thinking he is great player. This season has been about getting through with what we have, letting the players he bought settle, allowing him to properly see what we have here and where we need to improve vastly and make the CL by any means possible.

Hopefully we will make the CL, going by ed002's vast knowledge we are looking at quite a few players, all of which are quality additions if we get our first choice signings and it looks like those that are either past there best or not good enough will be moved on. That along with Bailly having a great season, Mhiki showing glimpses of what he is capable of and Pogba's stats being pretty damn good no matter what some may say, and with a little more luck could have been even better, mean that we can look forward to next season with a lot of hope.

Let's see where we are this time next season, I think we will all be much happier.

2.) 16 May 2017 10:55:01
It's plain to see Jose likes the player but he has only 1 year left on his contract and at 29 years old the club may want to get some cash back.



07 May 2017 09:04:09
Reports that shaw has undergone foot surgery and will mis the start of nest season. That means a sale will be less likely than actually seeing him play.


1.) 07 May 2017 09:31:00
Christmas it is then Ken.

2.) 07 May 2017 09:43:22
There's no need to sell him. A good, youngEnglish player and a great back up for whoever we buy in the summer. The competition might do him some good.

3.) 07 May 2017 10:18:23
That is the best possible outcome eric79

But how does that sit with shaw? Could go either way.

Could leave us with 2 top top lb's fighting for a place which would be great.

4.) 07 May 2017 11:01:21
I'd hope Shaw must be aware that if he to have a career in any top club his place will be under threat week in week out.

5.) 07 May 2017 12:05:23
The ideal situation is we buy a left back in the twilight of his career on a short-term contract, between 30-32 who can still perform at the top level for a couple of seasons and also help Shaw with his progression. It's clear he needs a good mentor who plays in his position.

The question is, who's available?

{Ed004's Note - Someone like Bertrand?}

6.) 07 May 2017 12:25:12
Perhaps Ed, but do you not think Bertrand has a good 5 years left in him, and do you think he has the experience necessary to guide Shaw?

I was thinking someone in the mould of (but absolutely not him because he seems an ****) Marcelo.

{Ed004's Note - I can't see Marcelo being likely. I was just thinking of someone who seems to have a good injury record and plays at a high enough level that Shaw would have to compete with him. Alternatively we could just go out and sign a world class left back like Mendy from Monaco and see if Shaw has what it takes to out play him}

7.) 07 May 2017 13:02:58
Yeah, the problem we'd have is spending £30m on another LB. I know we shouldn't worry about the money as it's not ours but it doesn't seem logical to have £60m worth of left backs at the club. Surely there's only room for 1. Marcelo was just an example of someone who has been there and done it who may be up for a new challenge in the twilight of his career, although I've just found out he's only 28. He seems to have been around for decades and I thought he was a few years older than that.

{Ed004's Note - Agreed it doesn't make sense and highlights how poorly we have spent our money in recent years that we still need another probably atleast 150m to make us competitive}

8.) 07 May 2017 13:36:10
Ed, do you think Shaw was actually a bad buy or has he just been bang unlucky?

I know Shaw himself has said it's been a lot harder than he expected and it's like a different world to what he was used to. So he knows he needs to adapt. Do you think the injuries have stopped him from doing so?

{Ed004's Note - I think it's a bit of both. We really should've done our homework on his character better before spending so much on him although no one could have predicted how unfortunate he would be}

9.) 07 May 2017 14:29:02
Not going to sell shaw, some will be devastated.

{Ed004's Note - I don't think we will either. But I was hoping he would get himself in to tip top shape this summer like two seasons ago and start the season raring to go. Obviously won't be the case now fs}

10.) 07 May 2017 23:34:45
Marcelo won't come, doesn't have a good relationship with Mourinho.

11.) 08 May 2017 11:33:32
Should have got Evra when he was available

Plus he loves the club. ( and this game )

12.) 08 May 2017 12:26:00
Jedi is right, Evra would have been the ideal person to coach/ tutor Shaw.

13.) 08 May 2017 18:42:51
Shame to see how he just hasn't adapted to life as a top footballer.

Maybe he'd be better off to go to another club, maybe even a loan to try and prove himself.



25 Apr 2017 18:47:20
Hi ed 002 apart from darmian and ddg has anybody shown any interest in trying to sign any of our current squad.


{Ed002's Note - Besiktas has spoken with MU over Mata.}

1.) 25 Apr 2017 19:46:04
Thanks ed.

2.) 25 Apr 2017 20:27:19
Ed002, do you know what MU's response was re: mata interest?

{Ed002's Note - I suspect Mata might be available this summer. I doubt he would want a move to Turkey.}

3.) 25 Apr 2017 21:28:52
Hope he doesn't go, he's a great squad player and a consistent scorer / assist maker. Thanks for info Ed.

{Ed002's Note - And a really nice guy, but MU need to change.}

4.) 26 Apr 2017 09:56:07
I'd have to see Mata go, he is such a nice guy and really seems to have taken to the club.
But that being said would anyone have him as first choice next season?

His style of play means he tends to take several touches and requires a lot of the ball. This sadly is probably contributing to our slower tempo in the final third.

{Ed004's Note - No he wouldn't be a garunteed starter but he would still be a very effective player to have. Will contribute goals and assists and his injury record is amazing ever since he came to the league. I can't think of who we could sign that would replace his contribution.}

5.) 26 Apr 2017 10:14:04
I agree, he adds another dimension to the side. With lots of games next season, where players get rotated etc, a player of his quality would be invaluable.
Any update on Herrera getting a new contract?
Or is it a case of both the player and the club don't see the need to sign a contract until the end of the season?

6.) 26 Apr 2017 12:35:20
Undoubtedly one of the most underrated players in the league. His goals and assists speak volumes but are often overlooked.

He's far to good for the Turkish league. I think he'd absolutely storm the Italian league which suits his pace. He'd be a great acquisition for either of the Milan clubs.

My preference would be to keep him but he's too good for the bench so it may be time for him to say thank you and goodbye, sadly.

7.) 26 Apr 2017 13:48:20
I think he is a great player, far too good for a bench role. I just don't think he suits the way Mourinho wants to play or how we have traditionally played.

Personally I think Mkhitaryan has already replaced him, we also have Lingard and Pereira coming back. We also have an interest in Bernardo Silva.

Mourinho wants quick transitions, and more pace. Neither really suit Mata's game. Mata is neither a ball carrier nor the player to release the ball early to start a quick counter.

He could be useful as a squad option, but I don't see Mata being happy with that especially as he is in his prime, he left Chelsea for exactly that reason.

My biggest concern is actually the knock on effect of Mata leaving could have on someone like Herrera. Especially as DDG could be leaving too. That could see both of Herrera's closest friends at the club leave.

{Ed004's Note - I don't think we consider team spirit enough. It's obvious the likes of Herrera, De Gea and Mata etc are friends and hopefully if ones goes it doesn't result in the others losing focus. They are professionals after all however, I still think Mata should stay}

8.) 26 Apr 2017 14:15:20
so ed004 you think ddg is as good as gone then? is this why we are reportedly already having talks with oblak's agent?

{Ed004's Note - I don't think so. We will push a hard bargain and Madrid will have to pay either an obscene amount of money or offer us one of their stars (Id only consider Bale and Varane personally as we should be building for the future)}

9.) 26 Apr 2017 14:22:36
agree ed004, only way we should be letting ddg go is if we get 100mn or so, if buffon in 2000 was worth 50, surely the current best keeper in the world who will your team's mainstay for atleast 10+ years is worth double that. I wouldn't take either bale or varane, varane more and more seems like french jones, good player great potential but very injury prone and bale has just fizzed out, he has been more kaka than ronaldo at madrid would rather have griezmann. Only player that madrid have who we could really do with is ramos, sadly that won't ever happen.

{Ed004's Note - I can see the arguements about not signing Bale and Varane. However, if Jose went for them I'd be confident he could sort out their injuries. If Bale came back he'd probably be the best player in this league and he's just about to come into his prime while Varane would be the ideal partner for Bailly who ideally takes the next step in his development. All Varane needs is a consistent run in a side and a bit more luck with injuries. Definitely wouldn't take Ramos - very overrated and doesn't Jose and him have a strained relationship?}

10.) 26 Apr 2017 18:23:20
Did they now, sorry didn't know that, it is difficult to know which player at madrid mourinho hasn't fallen out with, though i have to disagree on him being overrated if anything people underrate him due to his antics, he is a worldclass cb and add to that there are very few players if any who consistently come up with great performances in really big games on either end of the pitch the way he does. Ofcourse he has his faults mainly his penchant for collecting red cards like they are going out of fashion, but he is one heck of a player.

11.) 27 Apr 2017 18:24:26
Or get sent off so much in really big games. No thanks.




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10 Jun 2017 19:14:44
Hi eds a lot of focus naturally on potential signings. I was wondering if you were aware of any interest in any of players from other clubs. In particular darmian smalling blind and fellaini.
But if you know of any others great.


{Ed002's Note - I don't have the time now, sorry.}

1.) 10 Jun 2017 23:55:39
No prob safe travels.



10 Jun 2017 21:28:10
Lindelof has signed the plot thickens. 😂😂😂 welcome to Manchester United.


1.) 10 Jun 2017 21:44:45
But I thought he had a contract with benfica Ken? 😂😂😂.

2.) 10 Jun 2017 22:10:26
Its in UTD official so is this definitely?

3.) 10 Jun 2017 22:19:50
Yes seen it now and its all over the net 😊

Last seasons first signing was a CB and again this season.

The best teams have a good back line.

4.) 10 Jun 2017 22:57:19
delighted with Lindelof, I think we should keep Rojo and blind, cut smalling and Jones loose and have tuanzebe and tfm in reserve. Poole is promising if all else fails. all of the defenders left are able to play in different roles too.

5.) 11 Jun 2017 00:01:23
I don't disagree penfold but i reckon we will see a couple of those hang on in until jan. Its world cup year the likes of darmian blind smalling fellaini will need to be playing so who knows what will happen.



08 Jun 2017 19:28:20
Hi all. i'm e joying reading some of the transfer gossip and reading everybody's options I the various players.
There is a great post below from ed001 putting himself in joses shoes. There have been lots of crazy links here is my opinion on some of the key positions and links.
Firstly ibra. It has to be no extention the correct and right decision.
Lb no really strong links to talk about good news for shaw so far. The silly story i'm hoping has some truth is Rose. Mendy talk is gone quiet even from city
Cb . Depending on how many players we sell from smalling Jones Rojo and blind. The 2 most talked abbot would be keane and lindelof. The latter csn also cover rb very well. He played there for Sweden In the euros. I would be delighted with these 2 signings personally. I can see smalling jones and blind leaving. I would like to see tuanzabe promoted.
Rb. Toni will play and if we sign lindelof sms fabhino then we have adequate top quality cover. I suspect darmian will leave.
Midfield carrick tfm peirera pogba and herrera are sure to stay. Fellaini might be offered an option to leave. If he goes i would like to sign fabhino who is strongly linked. A super footballer technically excellent. I don't lime the reports of nainggolan and his party lifestyle and at 29 the investment required is too steep for a player that won't improve and stepping up 3 levels in pace between the epl and seria a . My preference would be matuidi or as a totally different top class option at the right price fabregas would be a great buy.
Cf. I like moratta. I don't know enough about belotti but many on here and elsewhere rave about him. I would not want lukaku. Moratta
Wide players. Perisic no idea if its a real story. I think he is a class act.
James i'm torn. He is a very good player but i'm not sure he is made of the right stuff.
Greizman sad but it's not to be.
Bale. Not counting it as a story.
Neymar no story
Costa and sanches no story.
Diego costa no story
Ronaldo sorry fresh no story.


1.) 08 Jun 2017 21:54:22
All good in an ideal world but what will be, will be my friend. Like the rest of us, keep watching and hoping.

{Ed004's Note - With the prices being quoted for players I would propose to Atletico that we buy Griezmann in January and they could easily replace him with Lacazette and Costa in January. Sign a striker and we would have enough to get by until January. Sort out the defence and midfield this window. Rb, cb, lb, cdm, cm and striker}

2.) 08 Jun 2017 22:30:59
Fabinho would be a good and sensible addition to partner pogba in a midfield two or three.

Lindleof and keane don't really improve us in my opinion as i would think that we would be looking at some experience at the back and both are just coming into the early stages of their career like bailly.

Apart from mendy i don't see another left back that would be an upgrade on a combination of shaw, blind and darmian over the season and he doesn't look like arriving at old trafford.

With ibra going we definitely need a striker or wide man depending on where you see martial and rashford playing next season.

So overall i would like to see an experienced centre back, fabinho and a morata/ perisic.

Dont think we need much upheaval this summer as if we keep our players fit next season, have some consistency in team selection and micky and pogba improve in their second season we should be able to challenge for the title.

3.) 08 Jun 2017 22:29:28
De Gea. Tony. Lindelof. Beily. Shaw. Fabinho. Pogba. Herrera. Mata. Rashford and Morata

I say hell yeah for this team!

4.) 08 Jun 2017 23:53:54

Would be happy with Rose for LB, at CB I haven't seen a lot of Lindelof but reports seem positive. Keane is a massive no from me. Don't get this love in with him. What has he done to warrant a move back to united? Had an ok season at Burnley. He's no better than Rojo is he. I'd keep rojo, I thought he performed really well at CB this season. Sell Smalling.

Fabinho or Matuidi in CM would be a great signing
Haven't seen enough of Boletti or Morata really, my preference would be Aubameyang
Not overly keen on Perisic, much prefer to attempt to prize Sanchez away, or even Bale. Willian or Douglas Costa would be other options.

5.) 09 Jun 2017 00:07:01
Ed 004 if we left it to Jan to sign a striker we would win nothing. We need goals.

{Ed004's Note - I should have made it clearer. I'm assuming we want two forwards this window. Judging by rumours Morata/Belotti and Perisic. I'd rather just sign one of the strikers and wait a couple of months and sign Griezmann in January. We would have Martial, Rashford, Mata, Mkhitaryan and Lingard to cover until then out wide or in the number 10}



08 Jun 2017 12:39:03
Ed001 there is a question i asked last night now at the bottom of banter 1 you might have missed it. then again you might have chosen to ignore it🤣 any chance you would have ak look? Ta. K.


{Ed001's Note - I did miss it, probably mistakenly posted rather than held. I will answer it now.}

1.) 08 Jun 2017 13:20:37
done the reply now mate - though I probably should have replied here really thinking about it!

2.) 08 Jun 2017 13:48:09
I agree with you on fabinho and ibra, also have a feeling we may make a move Nainggolan. Matudi has been a bit below par when I have watched him this season but is a player I have always liked .

{Ed001's Note - I have only seen Matuidi about 10 times in the last few seasons, but he has excelled every single time. I think he is the kind of player that suits Jose and that is what I was trying to think of.}

3.) 08 Jun 2017 13:49:22
Thanks 001. I agree with all the outs. GOULHAM is a new name i was hoping we would get mendy or rose.
I agree with you on matuidi considering the reports on the lad from Roma lifestyle wise.
I think in rashford tfm and tuanzabe we have good talent there and all 3 are pretty versatile.
Thanks ed appreciate your response.

{Ed001's Note - Ghoulam is one of the ones Liverpool had on their list and I was told that United scouted him even more than us, so it must be a possibility. I have not seen much of him, but I am told he has been a standout at left back in Serie A.
If it was me, I would go for Bakayoko but I think he is going to stay put now.
I agree on those three mate, I think all 3 have the potential to be United players for the long term, it is up to them how good they become.}

4.) 08 Jun 2017 14:29:20
Ed, I thought it was just the metro talking trash, but is there honestly an interest in Naingollan? And I know you said it is a mistake, is it because he might be a short-gap solution to our problems?

{Ed001's Note - Jose has had a longstanding interest in him. The main obstacle has been his desire to stay in Rome for the night life there. It is a mistake because he smokes like a chimney and parties almost every night. He has a terrible lifestyle and it would be a very short-gap solution.}

5.) 08 Jun 2017 14:52:47
Surprised you don't mention any wingers Ed001, especially right sided wingers. We lack wuality out wide imo and are in desperate need of a quality winger.

I'd love it if we signed Willian.

{Ed001's Note - I was assuming Rashford would play there at times.}

6.) 08 Jun 2017 15:24:10
Ed001, can I ask what has changed in Bakayoko's situation? He seemed to want the Chelsea move, and I know Chelsea want him. A deal looked to be close. What happened there that you say you reckon he's more likely to stay at Monaco?

{Ed001's Note - I thought Chelsea had moved on due to the price. Monaco are not so desperate to sell, they are not skint or anything, Fabinho will go because of a promise made to him that he could leave this summer if he gave them one more season. So anyone else will leave on their terms.}

7.) 08 Jun 2017 15:55:03
Due to price? Well then, sounds like that's United's cue to swoop in for him and pay whatever Monaco want. If we don't get him I hope he stays at Monaco and maybe we'll move in for him again next summer. But somehow I think PSG or United might end up getting him this summer.
I like our (Chelsea's) dealings as we tend to stick to our beliefs on valuations etc. But sometimes it annoys me as we miss out on excellent players and our rivals buy them. Bakayoko could become Pogba 2.0 in that sense.

{Ed001's Note - I thought I was the only person who really rated Bakayoko, everyone else always dismisses him from what I have seen. Nice to know I am not the only one who sees something in him.}

8.) 08 Jun 2017 16:02:41
By all counts Naingollan sounds like he'd be a complete disaster. Doesn't look after himself, heading for a rapid decline, and would probably be unhappy living here because it isn't party central.

9.) 08 Jun 2017 16:07:05
I think he's already really good, but he's got the potential to become a monster.

10.) 08 Jun 2017 18:12:09
Loving the avatar Danny 😆😆.

11.) 08 Jun 2017 19:15:58
Hi Ed001

Hope you doing well?

We all know Tuanzebe is a talented player but do you see him as a future DM? At the end of last season he seemed very composed and a good passer of the ball.

Thanks as always.

{Ed001's Note - from what I saw he looked a centre back, though he could be the Matic-type player Jose favours in midfield. That is a role he can play. I always saw Fosu-Mensah being the one to assume that mantle though.}



07 Jun 2017 18:23:04
Ed001 and 025 ( i'd ask bond only he would want kris commons danny magraine and archie gemmil 😂) I'm not sure if you've ever done/ answered like this before, but can i ask what players you would look to sign putting yourself in jose. 's shoes and who would you sell and why? If you can do so based on your knowledge of who we are targeting so its realistic.
I do enjoy reading your opinions and you have a fantastic ability to be able to show no bias in most of your assessments and opinions which i truly admire.
Don't expect a . War and peace just quick and dirty. Cheers.


1.) 08 Jun 2017 13:19:57
Just going to do first team squad only,

Smalling - injury prone and barely good enough to be back up
Jones - see above
Blind - only useful for cover, too slow of foot to be useful in the weak area of lb, rather use youngsters than keep a player not good enough
Darmian - not settled in England
Fellaini - just not good enough and offers no utility value as cover unlike Young
Januzaj - attitude
Rooney - I don't think I need to say anything on this one
Zlatan - was a mistake to sign a player on such huge wages, he missed far too many chances and stop the team playing effective attacking football

Lindelof - centre back and right back cover, good young player
Ghoulam - I know he was looked at and has had a good season, though I have not heard of any move from you, I just think he would be a good option for left back
Morata - perfectly suited to Jose and Jose loves him
Matuidi - I expect you to get Nainggolan to be honest but I would go for Matuidi. Yes he is 30, but that is only a year older and Pogba is still a youngster in there and there are a few young ones on the verge that could then be introduced and tutored through games
Fabinho - I am not a big fan, I find him a bit lazy in midfield, he never chases back if play gets behind him, just fills in space when it is in front and then saunters back but his ability to play right back to a high level as well makes him a good option for United

I would not want to buy much more than that, as I would prefer to give the likes of Fosu-Mensah a chance to break through than fill out a squad.

2.) 08 Jun 2017 13:47:06
Agree with most of that Ed, interesting you think Naingollan will come then Ed?

{Ed001's Note - I think it is likely yes. Though I still think he is a mistake.}




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23 Jun 2017 15:45:13
best of luck to him.




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18 jun 2017 18:22:42
yeah they will be jumping with glee to see him plastered in nike at every opportunity.




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16 Jun 2017 16:32:47
Would be my 227th choice. Don't rate him at all and the epl would not suit him at all imo.




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14 Jun 2017 20:27:46
Yes ed. I was going to comment on that report. Has the penny dropped? Its been quiet on the full back front. But then again is only mid June.


{Ed004's Note - It could easily be a case of Cb, Cdm, Winger and Striker being the priority. If any of the likes of Darmian, Blind, Shaw etc leave it could force us to sign one}



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13 Jun 2017 19:21:04
Matic is a very good player. An expert in his role. A players player. Does his job and allows others to theirs.
Fabhino was my no1 target. A tecnically gifted player and a superb right back too. Like griezman i'd be disappointed if we don't sign fabhino but matic is a very good option to fulfil that role.
Im still seeing reports of a fabhino deal agreed but he is on holiday so 99.9% of what we read is BS.
Beast i like bakayoko too but think fabhino just shades it for me.
Veratti if allowed to leave will go to Barcelona i'd imagine he doesn't fancy england and if he ever came to england i don't see him living anywhere except London. He is my fav player in many ways. Chelsea are not over flush with cash and won't pay 80m for veratti.
As far as pure dm position goes matic is currently better more experienced and epl proven but he has probably hit his ceiling and i believe fabhino will reach greater heights within a couple of seasons that's why i would sign fabhino.





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23 Jun 2017 07:50:10
Come on Maze less talk about your wife please😂.




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22 Jun 2017 19:24:07
I hope so Dave.




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22 Jun 2017 16:51:28
Reading the s*n again red dub?




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22 Jun 2017 16:28:01
Matic is a proven winner he has not been off colour at all, beast he is 28. Perhaps jose rates him higher than bakayoko.




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22 Jun 2017 15:08:46
If we sign the pair it might at last mean that we can get rid of fellaini.