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20 Aug 2020 19:50:40
Hi ed,
There are reports coming out the United have made a “concrete” offer for Gabriel.

Is there any truth to this? It was only yesterday that it was being reported he had chosen Arsenal as his destination.

I know you mentioned Napoli and City have a verbal agreement on Koulibaly and that if he does leave, Gabriel would like to go Napoli.

Seems he is highly rated with some top clubs after him.



{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what a "concrete" offer is. Clubs rarely offer money for players without discussion. Manchester United spoke to those representing Gabriel last week. One offer from another side was withdrawn as they considered him a good player but immature and rather flakey. A decision on his future will soon be made.}

1.) 20 Aug 2020 20:51:39
Thank you ed.

Are you able to confirm the side which has pulled out.

{Ed002's Note - Spurs.}

2.) 20 Aug 2020 21:13:07
Thanks ed.

3.) 20 Aug 2020 23:08:08
It’s been mentioned that Gabriel’s preference would be to join Victor Osimhen. It sounds like Napoli are one of the teams that have made a bid, so it would make sense that he is on his way there. I’m just joining the dots, could be wrong.

4.) 20 Aug 2020 23:50:52
Bet he ends up at Arsenal.

5.) 21 Aug 2020 07:17:58
I wouldn't be surprised if these United links in the past couple of days is so they can run the "whoever beat United to key signing" headlines.

6.) 21 Aug 2020 07:32:15
Someone at Utd is hell bent on accumulating a very large centre back collection if this happens.

7.) 21 Aug 2020 08:57:15

Hopefully it means we will actually get a top defender at last.

8.) 21 Aug 2020 09:04:18
Mad hatter,

You mean til he has a poor game and everyone turns on him? That’s the usual process isn’t it.

9.) 21 Aug 2020 13:00:05

That is true. But given that our CBs have been poor most of the season.
I have always felt Bailly should be olayed at the back. A run of games and confidence he would be great at the back.

10.) 21 Aug 2020 14:07:01
Not saying our defence has been great this season but it’s been no where near as bad as people would have you believe.

I agree with Bailly I think he can be good but the issue with giving him a run of games is that he can’t handle a run of games he’s far to injury prone.

I mean everyone raves about Tuanzebe but wouldn’t signing another CB limit his chances (admittedly he needs to prove fitness as well)

11.) 21 Aug 2020 15:34:23
MH, That's the problem with Bailly, he gets injured far too often.
Tuanzebe also missed tons of games through injury.
Jones, I have nothing to say.

So what we can observe is, there is really noone to genuinely challenge Lindelof and Maguire.



19 Aug 2020 18:33:03
Just my opinion but I think we will walk away from the Sancho deal and look to sign Grealish and a cheaper attacker like Brooks.
I would say the cost of those two would be similar to the cost of Sancho himself.
If this is the case then I don’t see us closing the gap on city or Liverpool and expect another battle for top 4. Not where we should be.


1.) 19 Aug 2020 18:57:07
Your forgeting agents fees, and his agents will be looking around €50M per Ed002.

2.) 19 Aug 2020 19:03:49
We'll have to see how it pans out. City and Chelsea seem to be making waves in the transfer market. Even if Liverpool stand still they will still finish comfortably above us.

The question is, is it worth blowing our whole budget on one player, or using that money to add much needed competition amongst the squad?

Ole hasn't quite got the grips of squad rotation yet. Probably the latter solution may be best considering his propensity to burn the first 11 out.

3.) 19 Aug 2020 19:13:10

Unfortunately when we get linked with good players to improve the squad people moan about them as well, just have to look at social media today to see the embarrassing posts about David Brooks.

4.) 19 Aug 2020 19:33:25

5.) 19 Aug 2020 19:39:06
David Brooks at the £20 million valuation would be a great addition to the squad.

The manager only fancies about 14/ 15 players which will cause problems over a long season with no break and injuries.

We need to be clever this summer. Money is finite and we don't know what's around the corner.

Someone like James Rodriguez to bolster the squad. Think a little outside the box.

6.) 19 Aug 2020 19:40:19
This isn’t a dig at Brooks or Grealish but my main point is I don’t see how this would help close the gap.

You do have to weigh things up and as Mumbles mentioned, it may suit Ole that he maybe has some better squad players to rely on. I think you can also spin that and ask should he be getting better out of his squad? McTominay and Fred are not bad players. Ighalo has shown he can do a job for sure but has then been criminally underused. Why did we sign him on until January?

Ultimately, if you improve the first 11 then you improve the squad.
City, Bayern, Barcelona, Madrid all have amazing squad depth and that is mainly down to consistently signing quality players for their first 11. They are not worried about who gets upset in the squad. They are worried about being the best. We say we belong in the bracket of super clubs but IF we do decide to pass on Sancho and go for someone like Brooks, what does that say about our ambition to get back to the top? Brooks definitely does not help close the gap.

We signed Daniel James last year and ended up using him as a first team player. A 15m kid who clearly needed to be bedded in. We then had to use Greenwood, who again is a kid. He is an amazing talent but I do worry how much pressure we will be putting on him to perform.

If it’s not Sancho then I want us to go out and buy someone with similar ability.

I have no idea how much someone like Brooks would go for but reports say 40m. Grealish is being mentioned as an 80m player. I think we could find better value elsewhere in Europe. The obsession with British players is a bit strange.

7.) 19 Aug 2020 20:11:12
Definitely not for me Amz. With Sancho you have a potentially world class player who improves first 11. With the other two you have squad depth. You don't close the gap buying average players for squad depth. Go for top players, that's the way.

8.) 19 Aug 2020 20:11:41
Eric, iv used what's known as an analogy. Iv taken Chelsea and Man Citys transfer activity and used "wave" to show the momentum and the fact they seem to be constantly moving.

Anything else?

9.) 19 Aug 2020 20:19:46
OP you just made up a hypothetical situation and from that decided we won’t finish top 4 😂

I think we will sign a quality RW, we’ve needed one for years. Interesting couple of months ahead.

10.) 19 Aug 2020 21:00:16
Wazza, Ed002 has confirmed the alternatives we are looking at.

I’m only giving my opinion on what I think would happen if we didn’t sign someone like Sancho and went down the route of Brooks for example.

I said it would mean we would still challenge for the top 4 as we did this year. Not sure where I have said we would finish outside the top 4 😊

You never know. We may! Top 4 went down to the last game this year and Chelsea have already improved with some top signings. I hope you’re right and we do sign a quality right winger but if it’s not Sancho then I’m not sure who is available that is the same quality as him.

11.) 19 Aug 2020 21:15:02
It's a tricky one to get right. Do you put all your eggs in one basket or spread the risk?

We could spend 120m on Sancho plus the 50m to his agent. Then in his first game he could do his knee in and be out for the season.

Then we would be faced with competing next season with the same squad as we had for this while all those around us have improved.

We have seen with Shaw, who was the most expensive teenager at the time, he took a year to settle. Then at the start of his second season he broke his leg and he has struggled for fitness ever since.

There comes a point where you decide a player is too expensive and too much hard work to pursue anymore. Both Real Madrid and Chelsea have already come to that conclusion with Sancho. I wouldn't hold it against our club if they came to the same conclusion.

12.) 19 Aug 2020 21:35:22
Brooks and Grealish and we will win the Champions League and League double.

13.) 19 Aug 2020 21:35:53
I would not want to be the one making the decisions when it comes to the this sort of money Shappy.

I just hope whoever we do sign is signed early so that they can bed in with their new teammates.

Not everyone will hit the ground running like Bruno.

14.) 19 Aug 2020 21:27:38
I think brooks will help close the gap as we can rotate him in 2/ 3 positions without a very large drop in quality. Becomes invaluable in a condensed season with champions league football. We can’t have the wheels coming off after 10 games with the first 11 unchanged.

15.) 19 Aug 2020 23:29:44
The ed has said we are interested in sancho and grealish .
Both would cost a bob or 2 . Not sure where all this, we have no money or can't buy anyone else if we buy sancho talk has come from?
But it seems to be the same people who have originally argued we shouldn't buy him.

I will be amazed if we only buy 1 player this summer.

16.) 19 Aug 2020 23:57:21
The argument was always Sancho and Grealish would cost upwards of £200 million. With the manager showing he can't rotate a team very well and is leajs to the press that the squad is poor, spending that much money on two players is ludacris.

Considering we've been deferring our loans and the uncertainty of what's around the corner. For half that amount of money and some sales, we could bring in 3 or 4 players that would help the manager achieve his goals next year. Because playing the same 11 week in week out and making subs on the 88th minute will probably get us till November before we're in the famous Ole downward spiral.

17.) 20 Aug 2020 06:56:37
Yes Mumbles. City signing Scott Carson and another defender who cannot defend certainly has caused shockwaves. Not sure that’s the correct use of the word analogy but hey ho. This is a football site not grammar school.

18.) 20 Aug 2020 08:16:02
jred its happened before with these idiots at the helm, moyes only got the wig, and jose only got fred,

both were sacked the same season.

we need quality players not just to make numbers to rotate.

we need a CB, CDM another CM, RW and even a striker.

19.) 20 Aug 2020 10:23:27
Bolger i will be absolutely amazed if we only sign 1 player .
I actually think we have bought quite well of late.

20.) 20 Aug 2020 20:39:29
Mumbles, you seem convinced that Ole just doesn't want to, or know how to, rotate the squad.

Look at the players he has to rotate with, players like Lingard and Andreas, who most of us can't wait to get rid of. In his position, would YOU be in a hurry to rotate players like Bruno or Greenwood for them?

I don't see the attraction of Brooks, he'd be an ok squad player, might become more in time, but just as likely he'll be the future Lingard. Buendia looks like a much better player IMO.

21.) 21 Aug 2020 10:18:36
Sancho will sign. I can’t see the club letting this deal collapse.



19 Aug 2020 17:16:11
Hi ed,
I have a feeling that United may cash in on Henderson to fund some transfers this summer.
Do you know if this is the case?
I cannot see him wanting to be a number 2 behind De Gea who has completely lost his focus over the last two years.


{Ed002's Note - That hasn't been the plan. He has unfortunately lost his chance for another season on loan at Sheffied United, so probably a loan elsewhere. If they make him available for sale then there will certainly be interest.}

1.) 19 Aug 2020 17:46:56
Ed i know it would be unlikely we would try and sell but would there be any interest in ddg.

{Ed002's Note - If he is not available then no.}

2.) 19 Aug 2020 18:25:40
Thanks ed.
I would be surprised if he’s happy to be loaned out again.



16 Jan 2020 15:19:19
Hi Ed002,

Are you able to confirm if United have made an approach to Lille for Soumare?



{Ed002's Note - Boubakary Soumare (DM/CM) - Soumare is being touted around the clubs that have money to spend and several have spoken with Lille but want the €60M asking price reduced. His "agent" (and I use the term loosely) says the player has no interest in joining Spurs or Arsenal but his client is the ideal replacement for Pogba or Kante and is attracted by the money available to players in England. Valencia, Real Madrid and Napoli are others who have been looking at him on a regular basis - but price is an issue. Until the summer Manchester City had an interest since he was at PSG and it was suggested he could fill the role of Yaya Toure well. Monaco saw him as a Bakayoko replacement but have stepped back. Watford pressed Lille in the summer but they would not sell. Brands wanted him at Everton but was forced down the Gbamin route by an advisor. Newcastle and Leicester also showed some intert that went nowhere. Not first choice but RM are talking about an offer of €40M plus a loan back. Probably one for the summer unless someone plays well over the odds.}

1.) 16 Jan 2020 16:44:11
Thanks for the detailed reply Ed.

{Ed002's Note - You ae welcome.}

2.) 16 Jan 2020 17:16:59
Ed, I've not seen much of Soumare aside from a game or two. Do you feel he is a good prospect and which of the club's after him do you feel he would be best suited at?


{Ed002's Note - He is well liked - whether or not he would fit in at MU is a different matter.}

3.) 16 Jan 2020 18:20:51
Amazing in depth reply Ed002, that is why we only look on here for news and not in the fiction media.

4.) 16 Jan 2020 19:53:10

The op asked him to confirm if we have made an approach for Soumare.
He didn’t answer yes or no so I’m personally none the wiser to the question.

5.) 16 Jan 2020 21:19:16
Chorlton from his reply you should assume our 'interest' is nonsense.

6.) 17 Jan 2020 03:46:05
You are missing the point redwishkey. You may well be right and our interest is nonsense. However he does then go on to question if he would fit in at United so you may well be wrong. So back to my original point I’m none the wiser.



31 Jul 2019 20:09:55
So the latest is that everything is agreed and we’re just waiting on Dybala to say “yes”

Is it just me or does this whole thing scream of the headlines “Deal collapses as Dybala says no to Manchester United” 😂😂

The media would have a field day with that!

Surely we wouldn’t be discussing this deal if there was no indication from the player that he wanted to move to us.


1.) 31 Jul 2019 20:29:57
Seems set up for that to happen.

I'm still unsure on this Lukaku / Dybala swap, on one hand Lukuku wants to leave, Dybala is a fantastic player and a straight swap means we will have a Lukaku replacement. It also rules out the possibility of United's amateurish transfer processes being used as they would be if we got the cash and had to negotiate with a club for a replacement.

On the other hand does Dybala actually want to join? Physically he may well struggle and is this just a throw of the dice on an opportunity that happens to have come up rather than a well thought out signing?

Interesting week or so ahead with the potential for Maguire, Bruno and Dybala as well as potential outgoings.

2.) 31 Jul 2019 21:05:10
I agree and think everyone else has said the same.
Dybala is an amazing talent but it remains to be seen if he can settle and if he can handle the league.
He’s a naturally gifted player and I think with the way Ole is trying to set us up in attack should suit him.
I hope Martial is our number 9. If Dybala is signed he can cut inside from right and use his brilliant left foot and Rashford from the left using his right foot.
Add to that the potential signing of Bruno Fernandes supplying these three, it starts to look very tasty. On paper at least.
If we keep Pogba and do the above, we really have the makings of a great side.




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07 Feb 2021 02:08:13
I feel extremely sorry for Tuanzebe who’s been thrown under the bus by Ole. A man who came in and showed his level against PSG to only be taken out the team for Lindelof who has been managing a back problem all season. You cannot expect Tuanzebe to come in and play 2/ 3 minutes here and there. It’s an awful substitution to make so late on and showed Ole’s desperation to grab the 3 points.

At 2 nil I was never comfortable purely because of our defence. That’s embarrassing when it’s worth almost £200m.

Ole made one sub all match pretty much which was due to Pogba’s injury. We can say we’re not in the title race but the table does not lie and we might not get a better opportunity to capitalise on mistakes teams around us are making.

It’s time to take either one of Maguire or Lindelof out because they are simply awful as a partnership and we rely on our attack when they play. We must play Tuanzebe/ Bailly depending on fitness to partner Maguire or Lindelof. Ole clearly cannot see this. I’ve been enjoying the rollercoaster ride but a match like today at home will make anyone frustrated.

I do not think Maguire gets a look in with a new manager at the helm. The line he held for the final goal was terrible.
I just hope Ole looks at today and says enough is enough.


1.) 07 Feb 2021 06:49:15
Maguire is often guilty of this. DDG has had far too many chances aswell.
TUANZEBE, vDB and Henderson needs games not minutes. They deservere a run in the team.

I do generally think Bailly and Tuanzebe would make a great CB partnership given the chance.

2.) 07 Feb 2021 08:03:26
While I feel for Tuanzebe a little, expecting him to come on and see out a game doesn’t seem like too big of an ask to me; especially when he’s playing as a third CB. People on here are saying that he should be starting games ahead of HM and VL, but if he can’t handle less than five minutes of football, how on earth can he be expected to stick it out for a full 90?

Sadly, this is the third time now that we’ve dropped points shortly after his introduction and I really can’t see him getting too many more chances between now and the end of the season; at least not domestically, anyway.

3.) 07 Feb 2021 08:35:09
A lack of match Sharpness doesn't help. He could easily play for u23s and get some valuable minutes on the pitch.

The problem is that lindelof/ maguire are too slow as a CB pairing. Bailly and Maguire are our best pairing. Maguire still makes basic mistakes.

4.) 07 Feb 2021 09:06:05
Would say the same MH. It must be very difficult to just come in and switch on. You can’t take away from AWB passing it infield when there’s not long to go. Tuanzebe made the challenge but you would still expect our defence to see it out from that far out. Maguire, who’s supposed to lead the line, is the one keeping everyone onside and then DDG who already messed up once in the match, isn’t brave enough. It’s more frustrating when it’s the senior players making the mistakes. I cannot wait till we give the captaincy to someone who deserves it.

5.) 07 Feb 2021 09:57:18
The tunsazbe situation has happened down through the years in injury time of games. he gave a bad foul away but that didn't cost us the game.

Wan bassaka had a simple pass down the channel to cavani which he could make that's what put tunazbe in the situation he found himself in because he was going to get caught on a 2v1 if he didn't foul.

Missing golden chances up top with Rashford, Maguires defensive line. and his defending in general + de geas lack of bottle cost us the game.

6.) 07 Feb 2021 10:02:59
Agreed, but let’s not pretend that had Ole brought on Matic instead of Axel and the same thing had happened certain posters on here wouldn’t be blaming Ole for NOT bringing Axel on.

7.) 07 Feb 2021 11:21:07
Putting an extra centre back on made perfect sense. Ole didn’t make that tackle.

I’m sure most managers would have put an extra defensive player on in that situation.



31 Jan 2021 13:50:36
How frustrating is it watching Tuchel come into Chelsea and have them playing attacking football, players knowing their roles and having patterns of play after just a few training sessions. Burnley aren’t an easy team as we know but they made it a routine win at home. Impressive and dominant. We have the tools to do the same.




31 Jan 2021 01:24:23
Sorry. Pressed send early eds.

Our squad is a very good one with plenty of flexibility apart from the defence. Martial and Rashford have been awful recently and I think it might be worth resting the pairing and going with two up top in Greenwood and Cavani. We can get VdB into the line up this way who is being criminally underused. He retains possession well and is good at winning the ball together with brilliant intricate play. We cannot expect him to perform throwing him into the odd game here and there. Get him some proper game time now.

It won’t be long till we see Diallo. The murmurs from inside the club are all highly positive and we need someone who can play on the right if James is not going to be used. If he can give Martial and Rashford a push then it will benefit us.

Hopefully Rashford can fix his decision making in the final third as his dribbling as improved a lot this season. He’s beating players with ease but doesn’t use his head one bit. He does need a rest and that is down to Ole. Glad to see Pogba playing well even if he is playing for a move. We need him if we want to finish in the top 4.




31 Jan 2021 01:16:57
Haven’t posted in a while. Just been enjoying the ride this season has given us.

Frustrating recently as we built up confidence and have gone backwards. When the confidence is there, Ole needs to trust the players and attack. We’re not good defensively when Maguire and Lindelof play and it seems to rub off on our wing backs when we have that pairing. Bailly’s pace makes Maguire and the wing backs much better. AWB has added a bit going forward but he switches off too much for me. Ole needs to get him going from minute 1.

Mumbles said below that Ole is a man that knows his job is safe and that is detrimental to us when we play any of the big teams.




08 Dec 2020 23:47:56
Ole went with 5 at the back against PSG and won. He then played 4 at the back against them and lost. He played 4 at the back against a Leipzig defence which is a bit shaky and won. He went 5 at the back tonight and lost.
He kept Fred on against PSG who was a red card waiting to happen.
Tonight, he takes off Telles to keep on Shaw who’s on a yellow and then subs off Shaw to bring on another left back in Williams. Honestly, I do not get the tactics or the team shape.
As soon as we lost to Istanbul you could see this happening. Another match where you’re left scratching your head at how appalling we were.
There is enough evidence this season that shows he’s not good enough. The league position is false. As were so inconsistent, we either kick on and fix our errors or we do the opposite. City is a massive game and the fixtures beyond that are not easy. We could easily find ourselves mid table again.

Right now, it’s only the league position keeping him in the job. Barce, Madrid and PSG will all have their eyes on Pochettino or Allegri for sure. I think we need to make a bold decision and bring Poch in. I’m not sure if he is the answer but he knows the league and has played against our players plenty of times.
He will have an idea of what to do and will bring structure, an identity and patterns of play.
Our players are severely lacking in coaching. It’s unbelievable the mistakes we make during matches.
Absolutely gutted.


1.) 09 Dec 2020 06:59:08
I'm not sure Pochettino would be a good choice. He lost his way in the end at Spurs. I think working with Levy didn't help.

2.) 09 Dec 2020 07:32:56
I think we all know Ole is on borrowed time and it is now just a matter of when he is let go rather than if. Under our current management, unless there is a catastrophic downturn in results, I suspect they will let the season play out before making a switch in the summer.
Even though I'm not a big fan of Poch, I wouldn't be too displeased to see him turn up in June with VDS as DoF, at least we might start to get some consistency and direction.

3.) 09 Dec 2020 08:36:27
I wonder what the managment wants. Perhaps they would like someone like Nagelsman, but I don't see him leaving, after they quialified further. Perhaps Ole will even make it through the season, and then be replaced with someone like Nagelsman.

4.) 09 Dec 2020 08:56:28
Mad Hatter if poch isn’t good enough who is?

5.) 09 Dec 2020 13:49:49
It is not whether they are good enough, are they the right fit for us.




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30 Sep 2020 13:20:56
That is some analysis on his injury record Shappy! If we can manage his injury then we have a fantastic two footed player on our hands.




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20 Aug 2020 21:13:07
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20 Aug 2020 20:51:39
Thank you ed.

Are you able to confirm the side which has pulled out.


{Ed002's Note - Spurs.}



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19 Aug 2020 21:35:53
I would not want to be the one making the decisions when it comes to the this sort of money Shappy.

I just hope whoever we do sign is signed early so that they can bed in with their new teammates.

Not everyone will hit the ground running like Bruno.





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07 Feb 2021 09:06:05
Would say the same MH. It must be very difficult to just come in and switch on. You can’t take away from AWB passing it infield when there’s not long to go. Tuanzebe made the challenge but you would still expect our defence to see it out from that far out. Maguire, who’s supposed to lead the line, is the one keeping everyone onside and then DDG who already messed up once in the match, isn’t brave enough. It’s more frustrating when it’s the senior players making the mistakes. I cannot wait till we give the captaincy to someone who deserves it.




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11 Nov 2020 00:55:57
Kimmich (Dream) Kounde Tuanzebe Telles
VdB Bruno
Sancho Greenwood Rashford

Amad Traore.




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06 Nov 2020 17:12:13
I think Bruno is intelligent enough to find space. We cannot be over reliant on him either. The team needs to step up and be confident enough to play the correct passes.




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06 Nov 2020 15:31:02
Fred/ Mctominay would only need to find Bruno or VdB. I think they’re capable of doing that if both play as an 8.
I’m not comfortable with the reliance on Greenwood. I also think we need to try something different given that we have so many options.