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19 Jan 2022 15:23:07
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18 Jan 2022 13:36:44
Heard Pogba in advanced talks with PSG, anyone shed any light on this?

18 Jan 2022 13:52:38
Please take him in January.
If it was me, I'd pay off his 6 months money and cancel the contract.

Same with that JLingz and Mata. Or loan them out with the other club paying their wages or most wages for the next 6 months.

Having players causing problems or players that don't start is something I thoroughly despise.

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18 Jan 2022 18:10:07
Agreed. Time for him to go and give Donny the games. Can’t be any worse.

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18 Jan 2022 21:47:31
Good god that psg dressing room will need the doors widened for sure…trying to fit all those big heads and egos in will be interesting.

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19 Jan 2022 08:37:35
PSG is probably a good fit for him. He can half arse it and play the Hollywood balls and still win the league. While PSG will no doubt want an "important" french player to replace Mbappe as the face of the Paris based club.

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19 Jan 2022 10:18:24
Considering our "Brazilian" CM can't control the football, the Scottish CM hides from the football, the Serbian CM moves slower than Prince Phillip in his current state and the Dutch CM is being bullied in the workplace, the least of our problems is Paul Pogba over the next 6 months.

Moonwalks back into the team on one leg at the moment.

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19 Jan 2022 11:07:23
give him my number i'll happily drive him myself.

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19 Jan 2022 14:39:22
Pogba moonwalks into our team? Ironic cause that’s all he does on the pitch. Showboat with no substance. I’ll take the Brazilian with 5 goal contributions in his last 6 games who actually presses and wins the ball every time. And the Scottish CM who hides but tries to defend. O.

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15 Jan 2022 23:23:31
Hi Ed, there is a report in England today that Ralf has already contacted RB and agreed a verbal fee over Haidara. But the club are yet to sanction the deal. You have stated he is A top target for Ralf, and a deal can be done here, you were well ahead! Do you think AFCON could be holding us from making a deal til later in the window or just United being United and not backing Ralf after appointing him?

{Ed002's Note - Step change for Manchester United if the temporary coach is now dealing with the detail of transfers.}

16 Jan 2022 01:23:50
Fair point. Suppose it is unlikely for our interim manager to be able to say much about transfers.

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16 Jan 2022 12:04:31
I feel that club will be somewhat reluctant to buy players, given that a new manager will likely be in place come the summer.

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16 Jan 2022 12:36:44
You don't sign players for 6 months, you sign them for 4-5 years typically.

It makes no sense signing a player to specifically fit a temporary manager. If a signing of a long term target or a player who can and will be part of the long term thinking is available then I suspect the club will move for them. Otherwise not.

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16 Jan 2022 15:30:50
RR's consultancy role surely includes direct input towards the next manager and presumably would have a similar philosophy. So I can't see how it's strange for him to sign anyone. The issue is from the player's side, as they won't know who the new coach will be.

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16 Jan 2022 17:39:23
Surely critical things - including a January budget and whether the club would back him - that would arise during Ralph's 6 months were discussed when first speaking to him. I doubt he's suddenly woken up this week to find they've decided to completely go back on any agreements. I think a little patience is needed.

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17 Jan 2022 18:47:52
Expectations have been set far too high. We are in a period of realisation, where the club must sort out its structure a d next manager correctly or else find themselves as an EL club at best.

The club are perhaps fortunate that those who aren't performing don't have lengthy contracts. i'd imagine a few players will be sold at a loss.

The first step to success is to admit that they have got things wrong and address them accordingly.

Finally, time will, as always tell, and a trophy cabinet, be it full or empty, will be the way or measuring the clubs success.

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13 Jan 2022 14:57:56
Put your money on dean Henderson leaving this January. Not on a loan either.

13 Jan 2022 18:40:06
How much money and will you cover any losses if Henderson ends up staying?

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13 Jan 2022 19:49:12
I can't see a permanent deal in this window. Maybe a loan to a non-rival at best.

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14 Jan 2022 07:52:32
Dean Henderson should be number 1. This transition should have occurred 12 months ago.

If Dean moves on it further portrays the calamity actor that is MU from both a footballing and commercial proposition.

Things need to keep moving. The train should continue to clock up kilometres.

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14 Jan 2022 08:46:33
DDG has been our best player by a country mile this season. Don’t get the Henderson love in. He did ceded soft goals and hardly inspires confidence. He can kick better and that’s about it.

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14 Jan 2022 09:52:41
Eric you are correct, DDG has had a decent season - no doubt. But can you say that for the last few?

DDG is on a monster contract and the reality is the peak of his powers is likely behind him.

There is a young homegrown player with bags of potential knocking at the door - DH is not going to be DDG’s underling for much longer.

The commerciality of DDG’s deal at MU can no longer be justified when there is an alternative solution emerging.

Do not hold onto legacy employees at the expense of closing the path on the future route.

The churn is imminent at some point and the club must always evolve. It should always be about the club.

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14 Jan 2022 11:18:35
DDG contract expires 2023. If he co tinges with his form, I'd imagine the club will want to extend his contract. If they do, I hope they offer him reduced terms as this has been his best season since he signed tha that new contract.

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14 Jan 2022 12:03:40
MH that in itself is the problem, a potential contract at reduced terms for one good season out of a handful.

MU must be more cut throat, move players on at the right time - like Chelsea for example. This has been the undoing of MU for years.

The club must be more agile and constantly adapting whilst looking to the future.

The ability to revert appropriately as opposed to react instinctively is what has brought a great sporting institution into mediocrity over the past decade - yes decade….

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14 Jan 2022 12:25:55
To be honest I feel that the club should sell DDG this summer with a year left on his deal. Recoup some money and reinvest.

We would need to buy a new keeper to fight it out with Henderson for the No.1 spot.

DDG has been in good form this season, bit has been poor for 3 years prior.

While his shot stopping has been good this season has his communication, organisation, contesting aerial duels, coming off his line or distribution improved to anything above average? No.

Time to move on, especially if we want to move to a more modern style where the keeper plays out from the back or acts as a sweeper.

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14 Jan 2022 13:36:51
Shappy you are on narcotics if you think MU are seeking ‘a move to keepers playing from the back and/ or sweeping’.

MU are a million miles off this - there is no identity, there hasn’t been one for years.

Since 2013 the team has just been crying out to get back to basics. Don’t worry about sweeper keepers, clear lines and organise players to do their jobs - none of this fancy footwork.

MU for years now require investment in characters, grinders and grafters. Stop procuring Pogba’s, Sancho’s and AWB etc. Invest in culture - invest the basics.

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14 Jan 2022 16:27:41
MAZE, since you've been away it appears you've forgotten how to read. I said:

"Time to move on, especially IF we want to move to a more modern style where the keeper plays out from the back or acts as a sweeper. "

IF, as in implying that there is no certainty that the club actually wants to do that.

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14 Jan 2022 16:39:55
Henderson isn't even the best English keeper around at the moment so he certainly shouldn't be no1 over DDG.

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14 Jan 2022 18:25:22
Henderson had a brief spell under Ole and just like VdB, Martial, Bailley et al didn't stand out at all when given his chance. He was in by default due to DDG's very dodgy form at the time.

But now Dave the Save is back, he is light years ahead of anything I saw from Henderson. He may be much younger and the better long-term option, and deserve to be starting somewhere, but the club needs whatever world-class players in form it can find atm and DDG is one of those.

It's a case of reluctantly letting him go and getting a few more years out of the Save for me. Who knows who else will be around by then to succeed him. Maybe Henderson himself.

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14 Jan 2022 22:18:38
Henderson looks wobbly to me, I’d be very nervous having him as No1.

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14 Jan 2022 22:47:16
Reminds me of when we brought in Ben Foster. Good - just not good enough.

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15 Jan 2022 00:00:51
There's an argument to make that United's problems start with having a goalkeeper who does not act as an auxiliary sweeper. He may be a great shot stopper but his reluctance to come off his line makes the pressing game harder to effect and puts more pressure on the defenders in front of him. The closest Villa came to scoring on Monday was when de Gea backpedaled after Lindelof made a weakish pass back. Moist modern goalkeepers would have been further advanced and far more decisive. The ball would have been cleared. De Gea is flat-footed in this respect, rather like Rashford was at the other end when he failed to make any move to pounce up the rebound.

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15 Jan 2022 16:18:23
Henderson isn’t as good as DeGea now and never will be, he is a decent gk but is way off being one of the top keepers. He is a good back up but he won’t be happy with that and so he needs to move on.

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15 Jan 2022 21:39:59
Heaton is better than henderson.

End of debate let him leave keepers are easy to replace

Like above he is dodgy.

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15 Jan 2022 23:52:24
Bolger, what are you on about Keepers being easy to replace. I can only assume you are too young to remember taking nearly a decade to replace Schmeichel.

Van Der Gouw, Barthez, Ricardo, Bosnich, Howard, Carroll, Foster.

All tried before VDS came in.

While Henderson may or may not be the answer let's not pretend that keepers are easy to replace.

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16 Jan 2022 00:20:03
Henderson might be knocking on the door but De Gea isn’t opening it, I’m not even sure Henderson is at the right house.

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16 Jan 2022 16:18:05
Think you'll find van der gouw was never touted as a replacement for schmeichel, he was an understudy.

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17 Jan 2022 08:22:02
no shappy i remember, i even remember that Massimo Taibi

we tried to get vds years before but failed.

keepers are not that hard to replace anymore, there are plenty of keepers out there, young keepers aswell that are better than henderson,

Unai Simón
Justin Bijlow
Illan Meslierhe
Florian Müller

even nick pope is better than hendseron i could go on shappy

henderson is so overated, if he was really that good do you think he wouldn't have taken the spot already romero was better and he deserved to be number 1, de gea other than this season has been poor for 3 years.

england have a poor pickford and he still couldn't get infront of him.

henderson is overated end of discussion. let him leave it won't be hard to replace him.

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17 Jan 2022 10:20:14
Bolger, I think Henderson will suprise a few when he leaves. Spurs are interested as a replacement for Lloris, while Chelsea have had an interest in the past, not sure if they would still be. I'd expect it would depend on them finding a buyer for Kepa.

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13 Jan 2022 13:18:48
Afternoon Ed,
Zakaria noise coming out of Germany seems to be being generated by the players agent.

Is Haidara the no1 choice for the defensive midfielder this window, IF the club look to sign someone?

{Ed002's Note - I don't know what you mean about the agent. Zakaria and Haidera are unrelated - they play in different positions.}

13 Jan 2022 14:49:20
@Ed002 Aren't Haidara and Zakaria both central midfielders? Both seem box-to-box to me, though I guess Zakaria is more defensive. Seems a very fine-grained distinction.

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{Ed002's Note - Zakaria would eb a Matic replacement as a DM.}

13 Jan 2022 15:30:25
Zakaria often plays as DM and at times covers at CB.

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14 Jan 2022 10:04:53
There is an option for both players to be a viable option to us depending on what we want to do this window. Zakaria I view as a low risk, low cost option with medium to high upside. As Ed002 says he would offer a Matic replacement and I feel would free up McTominy to be able to be more box to box which is more his strength than HM. Haidara would be part of the attacking 2 players if RR sticks withhis 4222 but would come at a greater cost so would need to be seen as more in line with what the future of the club would be.
For me, both of these would add to the team this year and allow the club to move on some of the players that are obvioulsy not part of our future. Matic/ Mata/ Donny.

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14 Jan 2022 16:42:28
Haidara most definitely won't be playing as one of the attacking two midfielders if we sign him, where on Earth do you get this stuff from? 😂.

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18 Jan 2022 22:29:39
Zakaria is available for free in the summer, Kessie is available for free in the summer, and they are both very good players that could play in a 4-2-3-1 or 4-2-2-2. Given the cost involved they would both be fantastic options to play alongside McTominay in the midfield. Kessie is a more progressive player on and off the ball whereas Zakaria is a more genuine defensive midfielder so they could easily play together. If we persist with the current system, options of Zakaria, Kessie, McTominay, and Donny would be miles better than what we currently have.

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{Ed002's Note - It is rather more complicated than “free”.}

11 Jan 2022 22:43:22
Hello Ed, Italian reports today say AC Milan are looking to buy Eric Bailly, and have already discussed the transfer with the player, who is open to the move. Would it be accurate to say United are open to moving him (keeping Victor then I imagine), and a sale is possible?

{Ed002's Note - Milan have an immediate need to sign a CB following injury and a longer term need to sign two, probably in the summer. They have a huge list of targets and are looking for a loan. They have already been rejected after approaches for two players and have their sights on one of two players in England. Eric Bailly is seen as one of those options.}

12 Jan 2022 13:06:49
2nd best defender after Varane, has been fit all season, should have gotten more game time instead of the Fridge.

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12 Jan 2022 14:56:51
Can we send them Maguire instead of Bailly?
He will suit the league a lot more with this slowness.

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12 Jan 2022 16:22:44
Bit harsh on Serie A there Ronan.

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11 Jan 2022 21:02:50
Ed, have we started discussions for Zakaria?

Thank you.

{Ed002's Note - Not as far as I am aware.}

11 Jan 2022 21:52:12
Thanks Ed. I’m not convinced by the player and his suitability to our side. Rice in the Summer would be amazing and Haidara this window.

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12 Jan 2022 06:45:38
If there's one player I'm not sold on it's Rice.

Sometimes, I don't understand what people see tbh 😂.

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12 Jan 2022 08:03:43
He won't cost a lot 5m and the wages shouldn't be higher than Phil Jones.
The bar he has to keep is be better than mctom and fred. He also has 38 apps for a decent Swiss side.
I think that's very achievable.

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12 Jan 2022 08:14:15

Just out of curiosity why don't you rate rice can you break it down at all?

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12 Jan 2022 10:49:19
Imo rice is the player we should look to sign given the chance, seems destined to end up at Chelsea tho.

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{Ed002's Note - Why do you think that?}

12 Jan 2022 13:22:12

Tbh, like I said on the banter page, he's good no doubt but the hype that always surrounds British players, the high transfer fees and eventual ending up to disappoint has gotten me reserved on such players.

But you have to understand that's my subjective view and upon seeing what Ed001 said, I think I'll watch him a fair few bit and open my mind by discarding all prejudices against hyped British players.

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12 Jan 2022 20:29:20
I rate Rice highly. However, given the price that it would take to buy him, I think it would out the club of trying to buy him.

Truthfully, the club needs an overhaul. I don't see the club spending £100 million on one player, unless to manage to sell a few players.

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13 Jan 2022 13:19:09
Is there a chance he could come to us ed? Just him being a London boy and Chelsea fan, Mount is his best mate and Chelsea like him, i thought he was going to be their kante replacement.

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{Ed002's Note - Yes he could move to Manchester. Chelsea are not part of this.}

13 Jan 2022 17:55:16
Thanks Ed, let's hope that we can get him in. He would be a great signing.

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11 Jan 2022 00:42:36
Hi Ed, with it being January, I didn’t know if you had any update on Pogbas situation. Is raiola still looking for a pre contract somewhere, and does anywhere seem most likely?

{Ed002's Note - I provided an update a couple of weeks ago Chris. There is no immediate urgency.}

11 Jan 2022 01:00:11
Thank you ed.

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11 Jan 2022 01:00:11
Thank you ed.

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11 Jan 2022 01:00:20
Thank you Ed.

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11 Jan 2022 16:14:02
Well let it never be said that Chris doesn't know how to brown nose. Saying "Thank you" three times, probably a couple of bows thrown in as well 😂.

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11 Jan 2022 16:35:37
Oops. My fault for trying on my phone with shoddy connection haha.

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09 Jan 2022 20:06:29
Rumours circulating that we have put in a 5 million bid for Denis Zakaria.

Would be a massive addition to our midfield at a very low cost.

09 Jan 2022 20:21:12
£5m? No chance.

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09 Jan 2022 20:35:54
Spenno, he is on a free in the summer so is available for a low fee in January.

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09 Jan 2022 20:47:53
Shappy, I know, but I imagine it would take more to tempt them to part early.

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09 Jan 2022 22:52:04
Ed usually doesn’t do play by plays but if we were making an offer I’m sure he’d have had him on our list recently.

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10 Jan 2022 06:58:16
Spenno, the figure quoted in the press is €6m.

He isn't yet a huge name player, and he isn't at a top club.

Gladbach won't be able to ask for a massive fee.

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10 Jan 2022 12:43:49
Now injury prone, won’t be getting him.

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