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05 Jul 2017 23:59:19
Hi ed002. Can i ask you if united are actually attempting to sign both moratta and lukaku as some press reports are suggesting?


{Ed002's Note - I have made no secret of Manchester United's interest in both players. I am not aware that anything has changed and they are still keen on both Ken.}

1.) 06 Jul 2017 09:08:24
I believe we need 2 strikers if Rooney is off and with the rash and martial playing out wide mostly.

I would prefer us to not get a winger and buy both morata and lukaku.

2.) 06 Jul 2017 09:16:31
I hope we are interested in both especially since the Griezeman option was taken away. I would like to think that Belotti is also still being considered, we do not score enough goals. Whatever people think of him, Lukaku is a proven scorer in the EPL and I know some criticise his record against the 'top' club's, but last season it was our inability to beat the so called lesser clubs that cost us dear.
I've also seen some comments saying that Lukaku won't help us beat Europe's best, I don't see that as an issue at the moment. Let's get back to competing for the EPL and being the best team in England first, if we can achieve that then we will be more appealing to the very top players. Some players will want to play for us because of our history but most of the top players want to be competing to win leagues and the CL.
Since Fergie left we have struggled to compete, so first and foremost let's concentrate on seriously competing for the EPL, the rest will follow.

3.) 06 Jul 2017 09:44:22
I don't get the hate on lukaku the guy has scored 85 goals in 176 games (or around) and that's playing for Westbrom Everton on loan and Everton permantly.

Scoring that amount of goals for teams who you don't class as the big clubs speaks for itself.

We created a sack full last season but just couldn't finish.

Lukaku would be the number one choice for the striker option.

{Ed025's Note - romelu is an excellent goal scorer bolger, if united do get him then im sure he will score a hat full of goals, not the hardest worker and his first touch not the greatest but if you want the ball putting in the net..then he,s your man..

4.) 06 Jul 2017 12:02:52
Thanks ed002 i was wondering was it both or one or the other. Much appreciated. K.



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.




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13 Aug 2017 18:57:55
Delighted with that performance. Each and every playee played well including the 3 subs. Great for Rom to get off to a flyer. Movement from mata miki and pogba was great and matic playing enables those guys to have better movement because he screens from behind so expertly.
A great start and obviously tougher challenges lye ahead. But jose is one if the best front runners in the business. Confidence and momentum is huge i see the players saying the right things for the first time really since fergie their appears to be a real hunger and desire to succeed and win. Pogs matic lukaku mata herrera miki all coming across as desperste to succeed and that's what we want to see and hear.


1.) 13 Aug 2017 19:08:49
Good post ken. Was overjoyed with how we played. Was just chatting to a mate after the game and remarked how I haven't enjoyed a game or seen us play that well in a long long time.

The managers attitude mirrored the teams performance today. And long may it continue. There seems to be a togetherness and belief there that has been missing for a few seasons. Great to see.

2.) 13 Aug 2017 19:12:51
Things are looking good.
We look like a good team now.
Matic does his job very effective.
A player that I wasn't bothered if we didn't sign now looks to be the signing of the summer.
Frees up other players to get forward.

3.) 13 Aug 2017 19:16:38
We are looking good, strong all over the pitch and on the bench.



13 Aug 2017 15:03:27
Really attacking team delighted.


1.) 13 Aug 2017 15:43:11
Looks a great set up. Manager talking a great game. I hope the team reflects that and puts a few goals past west ham.



11 Aug 2017 21:59:39
Well that was a lively opener. Great result for arsenal given the circumstances.


1.) 11 Aug 2017 22:23:00
How the ref didn't spot that handball it's a joke.

2.) 11 Aug 2017 23:15:13
Good game but if I was arsenal i would be very worried about that defence.

There are going to cone up against far better teams.

3.) 12 Aug 2017 01:04:29
An excellent start to what promises to be an excellent season for all football fans😊 thank God it's back I've had to speak to my wife and kids for the last 6 weeks 😂.

4.) 12 Aug 2017 04:20:16
Great game to watch.

5.) 12 Aug 2017 13:14:38
Vardy in my Fantasy team so all good here:)



11 Aug 2017 19:25:36
Hi ed001. As you know i enjoy reading most of your reviews😁 can i request you do a review of the epl clubs tranfer window ins and outs with your opinions it would make a great read.? ( obviously ill disregrd the poor ones😁😁😁)
Great work on the sharkopod today 002 very much appreciated by all.


{Ed001's Note - yes mate, I was intending to do one anyway.}

1.) 11 Aug 2017 20:04:00
Cheers ed ill look forward to it.



11 Aug 2017 11:40:17
Quiz question. 7 players played for real madrid and manchester united this century. Who are they?


1.) 11 Aug 2017 12:01:41
Michael Owen
David Beckham
Gabriel Heinze
Cristiano Ronaldo
Javier Hernandez
Angel Di Maria
Ruud Van Nistelrooy

Nearly forgot about Ruud and Heinze playing for them.

2.) 11 Aug 2017 12:04:09
Beckham, Heinze, Van Nistelrooy, Chicharito, Ronaldo Di Maria and Owen.

3.) 11 Aug 2017 12:26:19
I missed the little pea for ages when first asked. i think laurie cunningham was the only other one last century.

4.) 11 Aug 2017 13:52:28
And when bale comes and ddg goes in the opposite direction, the list will he 9 😊.

5.) 11 Aug 2017 14:26:52
stupid fax machine.

6.) 11 Aug 2017 14:33:38
We have been linked to so many Madrid players in the last 15 years, yet we only got one of them. And that was only because di maria wanted to go anywhere to get away from them.

7.) 11 Aug 2017 15:25:05
Anyone see Ramos dishin Jose after Tuesdays game. Really do not like that guys attitude and just don't see how he is that friendly with the likes of Ronaldo and Beckham 😆😆.




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15 Aug 2017 15:31:44
All correct was agree in full.




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13 Aug 2017 14:48:57
I agree mort.




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12 Aug 2017 19:49:11
I wouldn't like to sell him. I think he needs a loan in order to get 40 or so games under his belt then bring him back a better and more mature player.




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11 Aug 2017 18:12:56
Thanks 002 and sparky.




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11 Aug 2017 11:38:34
We have had club 'legends' do similar things Angel. Hope we sign him because he is miles better than anyone we have in that position.





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17 Aug 2017 18:00:56
I depends on your mind set shappy. I've no problem with anybody pointing out areas that can be improved upon that's not being negative.
It does not mean those supporters don't support the team we have. Recruitment in any business is the key to success. Do it well and you will succeed. Jose does it well i trust him to do what's best with the funds available. i'm looking forward to the window closing and then we know where we stand.




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17 Aug 2017 17:50:06
3 points all that matters. This is the sort of fixture champions take 3 points in.
As you say shappy they can be a tough nut to crack so let's hope the nut crackers are in form again.




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16 Aug 2017 23:09:38
Yeah he has been managed well by madrid too over last 2 years. He imo is the successor to bale and eventually ronaldo.
Im not into the mpappe hype at all. Sure he looks terrific but he would need to show improvement year on year for a couple of seasons to be worthy of the hype. Assensio has done that and is ready to blossom.




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16 Aug 2017 22:59:19
I agree with a lot of what both of you are saying AJH and maze. I don't know what the answer is but something has to change. I would like to see a situation whereby no player can register for his new team until the fee has been paid in full this would reduce fees substantially and that no olayer can move club unless he pays up the remainder of his contract to the selling club or no entitlement to any pay off or signing on fee. Sounds ridicules i know but something radical has to be done.
Also perhaos a ' football tax' could be introduced with all clubs having to pay 20% of any fee to the fa to be distributed to lower league and grass roots football.




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15 Aug 2017 16:45:54
He doesn't look like him😂.