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30 Aug 2021 14:20:17
Dan James off to Leeds. But a loan deal only, outright transfer or part of a deal for Kalvin Phillips? Know we've looked at Phillips previously but seemingly moved on to other targets?

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30 Aug 2021 14:52:02
A few places suggesting it’s permanent. I’d prefer it that way if it increases our chances of signing a midfielder, but would take a loan. Not sure he’ll ever be United quality, but he’ll improve dramatically under Bielsa. Can see him notching 15 goals/ assists for them this season.

30 Aug 2021 15:05:03

I agree with except for the 15goals/ assists.

30 Aug 2021 15:49:01
To be clear, I meant 15 total (like 7 goals + 8 assists or something) .

30 Aug 2021 16:27:55

I think MH probably knew that and still didn’t agree. Diogo Dalot has completed more dribbles this season than Dan James, he’s played 1 minute.

30 Aug 2021 16:40:03

Maybe so, but despite his work ethic being great, he is lacking at the top level. Much of that has been due to poor coaching, since he has joined the club. I don't think he has progressed at all.

30 Aug 2021 17:17:48
Dan Jamesss is like Walcott. Lots of pace but no end product. Infact i'd say Walcott was better then him.

30 Aug 2021 17:59:38

I couldn't agree more.

30 Aug 2021 23:41:59
He didn't even look that quick recently. I know he gets "clocked" as one of the fastest players, but with my eyes I rarely look at him running next to a full back and think WOW he's fast.

30 Aug 2021 23:55:29
Apparently permanant deal. We'll see, bit glad he'll be off, best for everyone.

29 Aug 2021 21:32:38
Someone put me out of my misery and tell me we won’t sign a midfielder even if James goes? I can’t keep hoping for 2 more days. We dreadfully need one.

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29 Aug 2021 21:39:25
We should of allowed Lingard to go to West Ham, allow James to go elsewhere and not have offered Mata a new deal. That would of enabled us to sign a midfielder.

{Ed014's Note - no idea why you need one, Ronaldo has it all in hand 🤣

29 Aug 2021 22:40:56
True, he does!

29 Aug 2021 23:06:59
Ronaldo will smash it but we need a CM asap.

30 Aug 2021 01:57:45
Any chance of Saul still?

29 Aug 2021 22:19:36
We can play long ball :)

29 Aug 2021 22:21:07
Ed - any interest in Martial?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of anything right now.}

30 Aug 2021 09:39:48
Around 36 more hours of this nonsense to go and we can then get on with the football!

30 Aug 2021 10:14:13
We really need a DM. Yesterday's game drilled home that point.
More importantly Fresh! and others, should/ could/ would is followed by have and not of!

30 Aug 2021 13:18:51
Think Neves is still fuming after Pogba-gate, he'd probably turn us down. More surprised if no club moves for Bissouma.

30 Aug 2021 13:33:27
Ed14 you jest, but what if Ronald tells ole he can’t play with McFred and needs to play with VDB to get the best out of him. He has then solved our issue.

{Ed014's Note - I’m not sure replacing McFred with VDB is the right way to do it.

You need Ronaldo to say I want a genuine defensive mid, a younger Matic then you can really start sorting things out.

Ole really is wasting what you have, there’s no way Wolves should have run rings around to the extent they did even if you still managed to win the game.

Decent sides will punish your lack of nous defensively.

So many times I’ve watched sides run through your midfield and straight onto your back line.

Tuchel has sorted Chelsea’s defence out in no time. Ole is still fannying around with his piss poor coaching staff.

30 Aug 2021 14:06:14
Ole is clueless. Ed014, most teams have worked out that pressing Utds defence works best. Maguire can't handle it and often gets caught out.

{Ed014's Note - he is mate, but luckily getting away with it, which as far as points go is fine.

It’s just not good enough for one of the worlds top clubs and wanting the big trophies.

29 Aug 2021 21:00:42
Amad deal could be off as he got injured in training. Feel for the lad but honestly if he's staying, the club should try and move Jesse and Dan james. Be happy to have amad on bench above those 2.

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29 Aug 2021 21:23:12
Dan James is more likely to handed a new long term contract than leave the club.

29 Aug 2021 21:28:50
Wouldn’t surprise me, we have a habit of rewarding mediocrity. James seems like a good lad and he works v hard but the quality just isn’t there. I’d see if Leeds want him on loan and go from there.

29 Aug 2021 21:48:04
If he was coached properly he would be a whole lot better. He always seems to play well for Wales.

29 Aug 2021 22:32:36
Proper coaching at united? Give your head a wobble mate 🤣 it will never happen 😜.

29 Aug 2021 22:20:15
For starters he can't play at RW.

30 Aug 2021 06:09:26
James can be coached to be a very good squad player I would say.

He would probably be more suited to a team with fluid attacking football where the emphasis is on progressing the ball quickly.

I am wondering how he would do at Dortmund for example.

30 Aug 2021 09:33:21
I don't think that you can teach instinct, that's his biggest downfall he gets in to good positions and then doesn't know what to do.

30 Aug 2021 11:13:46
I watched him at the Euro’s and he was exactly the same player he is for united, just playing in a worse team so he stood out a bit more. Ran a lot, worked hard, terrible end product.

28 Aug 2021 17:18:50
After reading what ed002 has said on the Chelsea page maybe there's still a chance of saul on loan it we be a great way to end the window Ronaldo and saul!

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28 Aug 2021 18:01:28
After reading info from Cheshire, not sure if he’s what we need right now.

28 Aug 2021 23:14:56
Agreed wallace if he sounds like a bad egg stay away.

28 Aug 2021 23:14:56
Agreed wallace if he sounds like a bad egg stay away.

29 Aug 2021 10:34:03
Would not be surprised if we start talks today with Ruben Neves after the game.
We can loan with Mejbri or Elanga too as part of the deal. Elanga to me is ready for PL games.

29 Aug 2021 11:28:57
Why would we? Neves hasn't been particularly good over the last 18 months.

29 Aug 2021 12:00:45
Apparently Wolves didn't want Amad on loan because it made little sense to them developing a player for someone else. For this reason to cannot see them going for Elanga or Mejbri.

29 Aug 2021 15:23:47
Neves was doing really well. I think he is a good player. But in the last 18 mints he lost his regular pace in the wolves team and the Portugal team. So something is amiss. Perhaps he needs a move to reignite a bit like martial.

29 Aug 2021 16:30:09
I think he just stagnated a little.

To be fair the whole Wolves team did. Traore had a great season that made him look like he was about to become world class and was breaking into the Spanish national team, then last year back to square one.

Connor Coady was poor, as was Podance. Raul Jimenez got injured, Jota and Doherty had left and Neto looked to be carrying the side until his injury.

Neves, Dendoncker and Moutinho all saw their form suffer a dip.

While Nuno didn't quite seem his self.

Neves was a key component in the Wolves side that brushed everyone aside in the Championship, then took the EPL by storm qualifying for Europe.

Unfortunately the whole team seemed to run out of steam along with two key departures and a couple of key players getting injured.

However, even with Neves having a poorer than usual season he was still the only midfielder to make over 60 tackles AND over 60 interceptions. He still made the second most passes of any midfielder into the final third in the EPL, including the most accurate "long passes" of any midfielder in the league last season.

His ability to hit accurate 50-60 yard passes switching play with his first touch is unmatched in the league. If you want to quickly open a team up by playing out from the back then there isn't a better midfielder in the league.

He's the sort of player who does the defensive work you need, but also makes your forward players look better by giving them better passes in more dangerous areas quicker.

28 Aug 2021 08:16:16
Ed - reports that Amad has all but secured a loan move for the season, which club will he be heading to?


{Ed002's Note - This is what was explained previously: Amad Diallo (RW) is being offered on loan to get game time after the arrival of Jadon Sancho. Sheffield United have an interest and both Basel and Montpellier have enquired. I assume Sheffield.}

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28 Aug 2021 12:01:24
Hope the lad gets plenty of minutes and kicks on. The championship should be a good move for him, its a pretty tough league. he should come back a man.

28 Aug 2021 13:22:09
Thanks for detailed reply Ed, think going to Sheffield will be the best option for him, as I think you commented previously. Will acclimatise him to the English game as he fills out and learns to be more efficient with the ball.

Now to loan out Hannibal and Dalot, though guessing finding a replacement RB might be tough given Trippier price. Can’t think of internal RB as Laird and Williams already out on loan I think. Phil Jones?!

Then, adding to the dream window, sell James and Lingard - and bring in Neves!

28 Aug 2021 15:28:37
There is also one prem team in for him, but game time has to be agreed.

28 Aug 2021 16:29:35
Thanks Cheshire. Hope it’s Brighton as I think he will do well there.

28 Aug 2021 16:47:49
I believe Crystal Palace are in for Amad.
Gametime has to be the utmost priority foe him.

28 Aug 2021 17:25:29
given how many players left palace, i think amad will get decent game time for them.

28 Aug 2021 21:11:32
Heading to feyenoord by the looks of it. Interesting move, not sure it benefits him greatly by playing in the eredivisie but at least he should get the game time.

28 Aug 2021 21:16:45
Looks like it's going to be Feyenoord.

27 Aug 2021 17:50:59
So Ronaldo comes home.

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27 Aug 2021 18:38:11
Fred is a better midfielder than Martial is a forward. No chance this doesn’t upgrade us. He will even make our minefield look better.

I wasn’t convinced this is the best United deal to make if others can be made - still not sure but surely signing Even this Ronaldo is a HUGE upgrade on anything we have. He chose us is still a shock.

27 Aug 2021 20:45:50
Chelsea spent 100m on Lukaku. THIS ronaldo outscored Lukaku last season.

27 Aug 2021 22:10:44
Hard not to see this as a big step up. Last season, Martial, Rashford, Cavani and Greenwood managed 32 league goals between them. Even at 36 years old, Ronaldo bagged 29. With Bruno and Pogba feeding him, I can see him banging in at least 20 for us this season, which could be the difference between 2nd and 1st.

Hopefully we can now find takers for Martial, Dalot, Lingard and James and try and bring a central midfielder in. This is probably our best transfer window ever already, but a midfielder really would be the icing on the cake.

28 Aug 2021 07:05:23
I don't know why we want to sell Dalot.
He's young, he's Portuguese we have a few Portuguese players now, he's not on high wages, we don't have a backup RB, he can fill at LB as well.
He's better going forward than AWB, technically he's quite good, but maybe his crossing isn't great, but I would start him ahead of AWB given how we will have either ronaldo or Cavani as CF both world class in the air.

28 Aug 2021 09:53:17
rohan i don't think we'll sell dalot unless trippier is coming.

28 Aug 2021 09:54:21
Rohana dalot is good going forward, but awb is hands down a better defender than him. The position is defence so I'd take awb all day long. Dalot seems to forget he needs to defend a lot of the time and switches off. he would probably be a decent winger tbh.

28 Aug 2021 09:57:42
CR92 - this Ronaldo won’t be smashing 30 goals every season in for the next 5. It’s just not smart to compare the Lukaku deal with this I would think.

United’s valuation went up $300 million with this news in addition to gaining 1M new Instagram followers.

30 Aug 2021 00:40:54
FootballGoesInCircles, were not buying Ronnie for 5 yrs, If I'm not mistaken it's only a 2 year deal plus the option of a further yr! Players Like CR7, Messi and Zlatan are truely ageing like fine wine 😂 No matter what this deal is a win win for Man United whatever way yoy look at it. Financially, Mentality of a true Winner, the experience he passes on to the youngsters ect.

27 Aug 2021 12:37:40
Ed 002
Is there any likelihood United will push for Ronaldo, bookies are slashing odds atm.

{Ed002's Note - I think it unlikely. MU have already had their chance to declare an interest.}

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27 Aug 2021 12:45:45
Bookies are slashing the odds because of a tweet from Rio Ferdinand.

27 Aug 2021 13:08:39
All I'm seeing is "so your telling me there's a chance"

27 Aug 2021 13:16:22
I wouldn’t of thought there was a chance had city not been interested. Will the club allow city to move for him and Take the backlash that comes with it? I don’t know.

27 Aug 2021 13:38:58
Interesting press conference from ole!

27 Aug 2021 13:48:20
Oh yes I forgot that the sun journalists are much more in the know than Rio.

27 Aug 2021 14:02:47
Well seeing this from Ed has burst my bubble, Fabrizio and a number of other United journalists seem to think we are keen and making an offer.

{Ed077's Note - things can always change though}

27 Aug 2021 14:13:31
I didn’t even want him until about an hour ago haha my opinion has changed so hopefully the situation has as well.

27 Aug 2021 14:15:58
Fab on twitter has said we have now declared interest.

27 Aug 2021 14:23:59
Is it genuine interest or just an attempt to say we've tried to keep the gullible kool-aid drinking fans onside?

27 Aug 2021 14:26:55
Ed - thanks as always for the info at the time you are asked; second to none.

Regarding squad numbers, if Ronaldo was to sign, have we made sufficient space in the squad?

{Ed002's Note - Surely you can work it out.}

27 Aug 2021 14:51:49
You would have thought so!
I recall Tuanzebe counting as one of the >21 players creating space but I thought there was another we needed to ‘lose’.

27 Aug 2021 14:58:13
i think cavani might be off

wants to go back to south america.

27 Aug 2021 15:21:14
Thanks bolger2.

27 Aug 2021 15:21:27
Just love Ed002’s snippets of information! Not being the brightest, can hypothesise any of the following to try to work things out:

1. Marketing ploy by Glazers to increase brand awareness, value and shirt sales, as well as making big gesture to disgruntled supporters. Glazers signed Tom Brady - work same at United?

2. Lingard off to West Ham or Dalot off to Dortmund to make space for him/ contribute towards wages

3. Cavani not coming back so Ronaldo replacing him

4. Just wish United would sign a midfielder though - wonderful having amazing attack, but Matic and Fred in midfield and Donny not fitting the system. Just hope we get Saul on loan or Neves…

Dare say poor Ed002 being bombarded with posts now to explain things! Guess we must wait for the Gentleman Explorer to clarify things for us if he has time or the inclination!

(If Ed002 is kind enough to add his omniscient knowledge, would be very grateful to hear if, should Ronaldo arrive, we would still be interested in signing a midfielder! )

{Ed002's Note - 1. The shirt sales don't help. 2. €675k per week was enough to put off MC. 3. £15M or thereabouts to get out of the contract with Cavani. 4. Need to move one on first.}

27 Aug 2021 15:24:21
Agree bolger cavani and his desire to play for Uruguay which is probably his chance to see his family and why he's so determined have probably pushed the club to act.

Could also be a way to get rid of pogba.

27 Aug 2021 15:38:58
Thanks Ed002. From the information you give, looks like bringing Ronaldo in would be a challenge: high wages, compete with Cavani and having to make space in tbe squad.

Again, I’d much rather we use any flexibility we have/ can create to sign a midfielder….

27 Aug 2021 15:54:13
Now BBC are running it as a story I tend to think there is a real liklihood of it happening.

27 Aug 2021 16:57:08
Done deal united confirmed it.

{Ed014's Note - brilliant 😂😂

27 Aug 2021 17:10:24
You can literally feel the saltiness coming from one of the Ed’s, it’s fantastic.

{Ed014's Note - I know fella, it’s the best thing to happen all window! 😂😂

27 Aug 2021 17:16:22
Now that is a transfer window, any chance of a dm and a rb too? 😂😂😂.

27 Aug 2021 17:21:45
Conflicted feelings here:

Yep, will get goals


Huge wages that could disrupt wage structure and dressing room (like we never learned from Sanchez)

Not very mobile at tracking back, so rest of team have to compensate for him (and Pogba mot great at doing this)

Nostalgic rather than practical and what we need. With Cavani, now be Dad’s Army of premiership

We desperately need a midfielder (especially McTom injured: Fred and Matic…) and Donny more attacking midfield than box to box. Just wish we could get Saul now for a year on loan then permanent to replace Pogba when he leaves on a free next year

So yes, legend returns, but too much of a romantic gesture than making us contenders - Liverpool, City and Chelsea still have much more quality and depth throughout their squads.

27 Aug 2021 17:35:33
Leaves McT, Fred and Matic in midfield (can’t really include Pogba, Bruno and Donny as attacking midfield)

So great defence and attach, but midfield….

27 Aug 2021 17:45:05

That’s assuming we don’t push for a midfielder as well.

27 Aug 2021 17:57:36
Here’s hoping GDS2: maybe strengthen the Portuguese contingent with Neves…

(Can dream)

27 Aug 2021 18:00:42
Ronaldo left OT in 2009: both Carrick and Fletcher playing in midfield then.

Happy reunions all-round!

27 Aug 2021 18:01:40
Romano saying we're in serious talks since yesterday and the club are currently negotiating figures. Odd times.

27 Aug 2021 07:55:54
A rumours that Atletico are looking to sign a RB called Zeki Celik, maybe will oave the way for Trippier to leave if we get Dalot off to Dortmund, or I could be totally wrong ha.

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27 Aug 2021 11:22:46
Good young RB, was excellent for Lille as they won Ligue 1 last season.


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