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06 Apr 2021 12:50:00
Juan Mata set to be offered a one year contract extension. Do any of the Eds no what the plan is for him despite lack of game time?

Also is there any possibility that united could look at a coaching role for Mata in the future? He has lost the pace but is still technically a fantastic player and I feel he could really offer something.

{Ed002's Note - Juan Mata (AM/RW) is out of contract in the summer and has opportunities to continue his career in Italy, Turkey and at at least a couple of clubs in the MLS. I suspect there would be options in England if that were to suit him. Right now as far as I know it remains totally open as to what will happen. In Spain an option exists but they are a second tier team. A contract extension will likely be offered but the player will need to cosider his options. I suspect he will stay.

I have no idea if the player would be interested in coachinh in the future.}

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06 Apr 2021 14:56:24
Well we do have a history of hiring ex-players as coaches.

06 Apr 2021 21:09:06

06 Apr 2021 21:59:22
Genuinely forgot he stilled played for us, does he still do his weekly blog?

07 Apr 2021 09:48:11
You're not wrong Shappy!

Thanks for the prompt reply Ed.

05 Apr 2021 17:03:32
As Garner has progressed well with forest this season i was wondering if there is any interest in him going out on loan for next season or a plan in place going forward? Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - James Garner (DM) It has been made clear to Manchester United that the player now wants to be in consideration for first team football and there is an acceptance that even with Matic coming to the end of his career they will look to throwing money at a replacement rather than giving him the chance to prove himself. This has opened the door to Nottingham Forest to consider him as an option - but they will know that interest from lowere end PL clubs like Brighton will be joined by those looking to achieve promotion and build a side that can challenge in the Premier League - this will include the likes of Reading and Norwich.}

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05 Apr 2021 17:55:31
Any names United have in mind for the Matic replacement this summer? I know you have said Laimer before.

{Ed002's Note - THey are likely not looking to replace him this summer - they gave him a nice new long contract last summer.}

05 Apr 2021 18:14:13
Oh I see. Cheers! Suppose only if Pogba leaves will we do anything this summer.

05 Apr 2021 19:38:48
Garner looks a really tidy player.

2 year loan to Brighton as a sweetner for Bissouma?

05 Apr 2021 19:44:08
Hi Ed002,

Sorry if I’m reading too much into your explanation, but, as it seems that you are suggesting that Garner wants to be part of the first team squad next season (with a view to potentially breaking into the first team if the chance arises) there won’t be space in the squad because of Matic and his long contract, then does this mean that United will look to throw money at a Matic replacement only towards the end of Matic’s contract, so they won’t be looking for a DM this Summer?

And also (sorry! ) is Garner still in United’s long term plans and thus likely to be loaned out again to, say, Brighton, or are they likely to just sell him with a view to throwing money at another DM?

Thanks for any reply, sorry to bother you or to be stupid in not understanding your initial info.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of MU looking at a DM as a priority this summer. They will deal with the priorities first and then after that other changes. I don’t think the club see JG as a replacement for Matic - at least at this point in time.}

05 Apr 2021 20:01:49

Does anything actually surprise you anymore as far as the club are concerned?

It feels like a ship that is slowly sinking.

{Ed002's Note - Not really.}

05 Apr 2021 20:16:53
Thank you for taking the time to reply so quickly, Ed002, much appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

05 Apr 2021 23:21:29
Thanks for the reply 002.
Seems a shame to not even give him the oportunity to prove himself as he looks like he could make a good player. Atleast were not going to waste his early career and let him move though.
One we could possibly regret!

{Ed002's Note - It is a problem many clubs have - many youngsters look to move on through the lack of opportunity.}

06 Apr 2021 07:38:17
It's a sad state of affairs. More of McFred in midfield rather than an academy graduate who knows how to pass a ball.

06 Apr 2021 08:12:52
Wow - what an insight.
Ed002, what are the priority positions for the club this Summer?

Hope everyone remains safe and well.

{Ed002's Note - It is as I have explained before. Before next season starts: G (second or third choice - perhaps both depending on who leaves), RB (back up to AW-B), CB, S - it will be determined whether to push for a RW.}

06 Apr 2021 09:53:17
I really like Garner and think he has a big future ahead of him. I think he has the ability to be a long term option for us in midfield.

However, he has had a very good dozen games in the lower reaches of the Championship. Personally I think he needs to play every week next season to continue developing, and I don't think he would do that if he stays with us. Therefore another loan next season seems the best option.

Then he could come back at the start of the 2022/ 23 season to replace Matic ready to fight for his place.

06 Apr 2021 11:14:30
personally think a striker is becoming more urgent than before- cavani although a former worldie, get rid: may only be the media but his fathers alleged comments, and the fact that he has been fit to play but stated he wasnt is a poor show imo.
Add to the mix that martial is martial we are extremely lightweight up front. Haarland would be a fortune, unproven in the epl and 100+m could be a costly mistake if one mistimed tackle or injury away from leaving us in the same predicament with best part of the transfer budget gone.

06 Apr 2021 18:42:43
Agree on Garner. He’s had a handful of good games. Needs another loan in the Premier League next season. If he impresses then he replaced Matic season after next.

07 Apr 2021 07:48:32
Thanks so much Ed002.

01 Apr 2021 15:53:40
Hi Ed002,

With Cavani not likely to renew his contract and Martial struggling to step up as our main striker, are United actively looking for an out and out striker or more of a versatile forward?

Could share some names of the options the club is looking at?


{Ed002's Note - I have answered this before, but here goes:
Andre Silva (S) was recomemnded to several clubs, certainly including Everton and Manchester United, by a very high-end independent scout who used to play in the Premier League. This dates back to last summer before his loan became a permanent move. But his agent may look to figure out a move to Old Trafford if Cavani leaves.
Moussa Dembele (S) loan is not going at all well at Atletico Madrid and that may put them off taking up their option to buy the player - would now be seen as risky but Manchester Inited could yet offer an option.
Harry Kane (S) Should Spurs listen to offers then PSG will head the quee. It is possible that Manchester United could consider the player again. As for Manchester City, he woulbe a fallback position and certainly not first choice.
Youssef En-Nesyri (S) West Ham and Manchester United apparently, via a third party, have made an approach to ask about availability and price for the player who has done well this season, but has not set the world alight previously. Will be off the AFCON when it comes around. Makes little sense but there remains the thought both sides could will look again in the summer - it would be doubtful he would be a starter for Manchester United.}

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01 Apr 2021 16:40:17
I have already emailed Eddie demanding we sign Haaland, so I am definitely expecting him to turn up come the summer. Woody likes to keep the faithful happy.

01 Apr 2021 16:17:32
Thanks Ed. I did try searching but I didn't see a list in the search results.

Appreciate it.

01 Apr 2021 19:51:47
Grim, that's your problem mate. He only likes been called stiffy.

02 Apr 2021 16:34:03
Do you know CSF, the Woodster didn't even bother to reply, so disappointed.

03 Apr 2021 22:03:52
I’d take the forward option, not out and out striker and not rely on one striker - ie Haaland.

If the Sancho deal is still possible and and affordable I’d go get him.

04 Apr 2021 21:45:10
Even more convinced after that game tonight more than ever - Greenwood for me is the striker - we need a mobile forward. Sancho, Leon Bailey, a decent Martial etc.

04 Apr 2021 22:58:03
Can we really see ourselves doing business with Mino Raiola to sign Haaland. As much as I'd love to see it, I think that bridge is well and truly burnt.

05 Apr 2021 09:48:32
The only business to be done with Raiola is to sell Pogba in the summer.

01 Apr 2021 09:48:44
Hi Eds, I've just read an article linking Sven Botman as a potential summer target and left footed partner for Harry Maguire. He has apparently been watched at Lille, is only 21, played this week for the Dutch U21's, and seems to fit the purchase profile, no injury issues too. Is this just a tabloid punt or is there any real interest? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Sven Botman (CB) Agreed move to Lille as a GM replacement last summer - Marseille and Inter were also interested. If Liverpool want him, Lille will look to a huge profit on the small amount paid as they will not want to sell a player who has only been at the club a few months. However, it makes more sense than most of the suggestions, but I don't know of any approach to Lille. Clubs speak with agents all of the time. Ajax promoted Timber and Rensch ahead of Botman and let him go just because they thought he was too slow for their game - but he is well respected as a defender. He would not be what Klopp really wants but he is young and has experience at a decent level. Has been recommended to Manchetser United by a former player - they will take a look but he would be way down their list.}

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01 Apr 2021 10:12:25
Thanks for the reply and info Ed002.

01 Apr 2021 10:40:35
Botman is rather slow, it doesn't make much sense partnering him with Maguire.

30 Mar 2021 23:51:13
Hi guys, barely post but love reading the discussions on here! I've got an old fashioned rumour here that I'm not even sure is true or not but it's come from a friend. He is a huge Spurs fan and did tell me about Bale and Mourhino coming to spurs before news really broke of it.

So here goes. Firstly he said that Kane wants to leave, but it'll be after the Euros apparently. He said that if he were to come to United spurs will do everything in their power to make dean Henderson part of the deal. He said Spurs believe we won't be able to get rid of De Gea and that they will be able to get Henderson plus cash for Kane. Wondering if the Ed's have heard anything to that nature and what would you guys make of it?
Please don't shoot the messenger. It was just a text I got that I found interesting and thought I'd share.

{Ed077's Note - well Spurs are interested in Dean Henderson, irrespective of any Man Utd interest in Kane. DH is first choice for Spurs to replace Lloris.

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31 Mar 2021 07:31:17
Thanks for sharing Hopper, great rumour.

31 Mar 2021 08:56:47
The thing with Dean Henderson is Chelsea wanted him last summer, Spurs and Arsenal have an interest this summer.

If we don't make him our number 1 this season then he will push to leave in the summer. He himself and his agent have made that clear. He feels he's good enough to be first choice, several other top four teams are/ have been interested in making him their No.1, which will only further enhance his belief that he should be first choice.

Which leaves us with a dilemma this summer, either stick with DDG which will likely mean we lose Henderson (probably to someone like Spurs, which means he won't be coming back), or we make the decision to make Henderson our No.1 and see if we can move DDG on.

31 Mar 2021 09:18:53
Good old fashioned rumour.

If it happens I'd be delighted. I want Henderson to succeed, ideally it'd be as United's number one but if he is going to be second choice again we'd be holding him back in his career so letting him go would be the right choice.

Kane would be an incredible signing, possibly akin to Van Persie, transformative to the frontline with a genuine top class striker there who guarantees 25-30 goals a season when fit.

31 Mar 2021 09:40:15
Kane would cost far too much. DdG would still be liability in goal.

31 Mar 2021 10:12:28
From what I've seen Henderson hasn't put a foot wrong in his run of games. OK maybe one goal I seem to remember he could have done better on a cross he flapped at. He's taken his chance and I don't see why he should now lose his place. There's clearly no chance of both of them staying next season to fight it out. I was dubious at first that I'd prefer Henderson but having seen him play more he is now first choice. The problem is that all the top players now 'hang around' while their contracts run down. Sanchez, Pogba, Bale did/ are doing the same and whereas a deal to sell Henderson I imagine would be straightforward, de Gea will be another pain in the arse and state repeatedly that he intends to stay and fight for his place regardless of what he really wants. Predictable but it's what any of us would do in a business situation to get what we want. Or maybe I'm completely wrong and it will just be a quick and easy £30m to PSG.
I can't see Kane going whatever is offered. That chairman is ruthless. Saying that we've had our fair share of players from them over the years and they got rid of Bale. But there are certainly no bargains from Levy.

31 Mar 2021 13:37:07
Spenno, currently I don't think there is a huge amount between DDG and Henderson. Both make the occasional mistake, while both have different strengths. DDG is still a better shot stopper than Henderson. While Henderson is better at coming off his line, commanding his area, and his distribution is better.

For me the difference is Henderson is young and learns from his mistakes, Whereas, DDG keeps making the same ones.

That's why if it was me, I'd make Henderson our No.1 and thank DDG for his many years of great service and sort a move out for him.

31 Mar 2021 15:48:12
I would snap Spurs hand off if they wanted Henderson as part of a Kane deal. Decent goalies are ten a penny at the moment, world class strikers are not.

28 Mar 2021 08:04:16
Hi Ed002,

Do United still retain interest in Ismailla Sarr for RW position?
Or Would United be patient with Amad Diallo for the role?

{Ed002's Note - Ismailla Sarr is still an option for RW.}

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28 Mar 2021 16:23:28
Sarr would offer something different to Diallo on the RW if we were to sign him. Far stronger he offers a strong quick direct option, while being right footed he is more comfortable going on the outside than the left footed Diallo.

28 Mar 2021 18:17:07
Only our spanners could sign 2 Africans in the same position so we have no option when they head off for their cup.

28 Mar 2021 18:41:12
That's a good point Ken, we will almost certainly sign Sarr🤦‍♂️😂.

29 Mar 2021 22:39:38
Sarr was fantastic in the french league and played very well for Watford in the premier league. I would welcome him.

27 Mar 2021 13:55:43
Hi Ed, saw you mentioned on Chelsea page that Pau Torres will move this summer, but not to Chelsea. Previously I think you said it was United and City interested in him.

Has there been any further activity from United’s side in trying to line up a move for summer?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of "further activity" from Manchester United at all. In facty I don't really know what it means.}

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27 Mar 2021 14:48:03
Sorry, just meaning if they’ve attempted to work out any terms or the players willingness to come to United.

{Ed002's Note - Pau Torres will have lots of options in the summer but I am not aware of the amateurs making efforts to agree terms with anyone.}

27 Mar 2021 16:05:01
Okay thank you Ed.

28 Mar 2021 09:16:07
Am guessing, with the esteemed Ed002’s comment, that recent restructuring inside club has not made any difference as yet to the way we approach buying and selling. 😔😔.

28 Mar 2021 09:50:56
Ed002, any chance of a full update re: Summer transfer plans? Thank you in advance.

{Ed002's Note - In a few weeks.}

28 Mar 2021 16:27:40
Looking forward to it!

29 Mar 2021 10:42:37

It's been about 2 weeks and no transfer window so what were you expecting?

{Ed014's Note - maybe ed02 still referring to your club as amateurs, despite the restructuring doesn’t give him cause for hope.

Clearly nothing to do with the window being open or closed.

22 Mar 2021 19:27:46
Hi Ed002,
Have United considered Danny Ings as a potential striker if Cavani were to leave.

And is Pedro Gonzalves an option for United?

{Ed002's Note - (a) Not that I am aware. (b) I have explained about Goncalves before.}

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22 Mar 2021 22:31:22
I think he would be a great signing. Consistent goal scorer and would not cost the earth.

23 Mar 2021 13:04:27
salford consistent? he's had 1 good season in the 8 years he's been in the prem. if anything he has been consistently poor

if we want to get back to the heights of winning things these below par players need to be avoided.

can you really see ings going to city as an aguero replacement, me thinks they are trying to trigger some sky betting odds.

23 Mar 2021 13:05:36
He'd be an interesting option. Solid EPL player, well rounded goal threat and at an age where he won't be a long term barrier to Greenwood.

The only real concern is that he has had some injury concerns in the past. But as long as he is fully over them then it shouldn't be a serious concern.

23 Mar 2021 15:07:50
Really, Ings as Manchester United's main striker?
I did chuckle at this then remembered that if Cavani leaves that means Martial will be up top.
Then I stopped chuckling.

23 Mar 2021 17:03:23
Spenno, the reality is who can we get and at what price?

Haaland and Mbappe will go for too much and will have better options than us, so we can strike them off the list.

Aguero wouldn't cross the city.

Lewandowski won't leave Bayern.

Messi and Ronaldo are pipe dreams and in reality too old anyway.

Harry Kane would cost a fortune but in many ways would be ideal, but will just be almost impossible to buy from Spurs.

Suarez is past it and should be avoided for obvious reasons.

None of of direct EPL rivals will really sell to us.

Immobile does well in Italy but has flopped when he has left.

Lukaku would be a backward step.

Benzema is a possibility maybe if Real Madrid get either Haaland or Mbappe. But he's 33, has never played in the EPL and has had bad publicity (acquitted of sex with an underage prostitute) .

Lautaro Martinez is another one who we could possibly look at, but again he would be expensive and it would be a battle with other teams he might prefer to join. Certainly not an easy signing to get over the line.

Beyond those players we could look at players like Andre Silva who has had a great year in Germany after a good year with Porto 5 years ago, followed by year in Italy with AC Milan where he failed to impress, then a year in La Liga with Sevilla where he failed to impress, he then did okay in Germany with Franfurt before making the permanent move there last summer and having a great year this year. Clearly talented but has struggled at a couple of sides since leaving Portugal, could be considered a journey man.

Luka Jovic is another we could look at, but again a player who flopped at a big club with Real Madrid.

There aren't a host of great options out there and we would face serious competition from teams that could offer a better chance to win things than us for the few options that might be available.

23 Mar 2021 21:50:54
Mbappe is a pipe dream I agree. But I don’t think Haaland is completely out of the question. It’s unlikely, but it wouldn’t surprise me.
Jimenez wouldn’t be a bad shout, I don’t know if he’s expected to return soon. Obviously less likely than it might have been.
I’ve not even heard of Andre Silva, but his name is doing the rounds a fair bit.
Eduard? Giroud? I imagine if Cavani leaves and Chelsea spend a billion pounds on new players, he’d fit the void United fill with ageing target men.

23 Mar 2021 22:03:20
Andre Silva has been in great form and will likely lead the line for Portugal at the euro’s, if we were going for him we need to do so before the euro’s.

24 Mar 2021 11:16:09
Haaland will not be happening, 002 has said this countless times.

24 Mar 2021 13:42:06
Does anyone on this site really know for sure what will happen with any deals? I doubt it very much.

24 Mar 2021 16:19:15
With the money the club makes we should be able to buy Mbappe and Haaland.

24 Mar 2021 18:36:13
Utd Road, they would cost 100-200m each. Potentially as much as one third of our debt. While that's without agents fees, taxes and wages.

Maybe we could afford to sign one of them if we only spent on them and didn't buy any other players. But that really wouldn't help us that much.

Besides there is a more important reason for us not being able to sign them. Quite simply neither of them want to play for us.

So it's not really worth even pursuing.

25 Mar 2021 10:03:27
We could just wait until June 2022 and pay the £65m release clause then.

Wouldnt be surprised to see us sign an hasbeen striker on a one year contract to tie us over until then.

{Ed077's Note - its actually a termination clause; not a release clause. Or else it wouldnt matter to foreign clubs like us.}

25 Mar 2021 14:56:52
It has Giroud written all over it.

25 Mar 2021 15:01:23
Ings is at an age that he isn't a long term barrier to Greenwood. Why not just play Greenwood up front from next season? why would they bother with Ings - never rated him beyond one good season. Greenwood is clearly good enough if not a little underwhelming vs last year

If Cavani doesn't stay, why not take a (probably relatively cheap) punt on someone like Odsonne Edouard from Celtic? - not a terrible finisher, contract runs out in 2022 relatively young at 23.

26 Mar 2021 20:34:23
Ings? Seriously? Crikey we’ve fallen far.

27 Mar 2021 09:20:40
What is Henrik Larrson doing now?


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