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04 Feb 2020 08:49:17
Hi All, recently i was listening to a podcast from Duncan Castles where he said, Ole signed 20 odd players from his close friend and business partner Jim Solbakken while he was in charge of Molde and Cardiff, Ole also referred Lindegaard and Mame Biram Diouf to Sir ALex when he was our reserves manager (again same agent) .

Even in our January window he targeted King who has Jim as his agent and Ighalo who has a agent who is Norwegian and close associate of Jim.

Do yo think there is something fussy about all the dealings?


1.) 04 Feb 2020 08:56:58
Duncan castles is a fool and he talks nonsense.

nothing to do with that maybe the 2 players king and ighalo were the only ones available

harry, awb, james and bruno don't have that agent, just another poor journo trying to find something else to slate us for.

2.) 04 Feb 2020 09:33:02
So currently we have signed Maguire, AWB, James, Bruno and Ighalo on loan under Ole. The players we have been heavily linked to and we can probably all agree that there is at least some interest from the club in are Maddison, Sancho, Rice, Koulibaly, Kalvin Phillips and Dembele.

So 5 players signed, 6 players heavily linked and not one of them has Jim Solbakken as their agent.

Ighalo agent is Emefie Akeke Atta who is Nigerian but has worked closely with several Norwegian clubs and as such has many links with clubs, agents and managers who work or have worked in the Norwegian league.

With hours left of the transfer window the only realistic chance you have of getting a deal done is though a contact, someone you know and trust.

So I don't find it odd that the signing we made with only a few hours to go before the deadline had an agent who was an associate of our managers agent.

If you want to talk about inappropriate relationships between a manager and an agent that have a direct effect on club signings then you probably should have taken issue with Sir Alex often using his son's agency and even pressuring youth players at our club to sign for his son's agency.

This was at a time when Sir Alex pretty much had absolute power to run the club as he saw fit, and he often did make transfer related decisions based on the agent involved. i.e he refused to work with Raiola, but had a good relationship with Jorge Mendes and obviously his son.

Ole doesn't have anything link that sort of power to insist the club sign a player his agent represents. There is a structure and the manager is only a part of that and although he has the right to veto signings, he can't force the club to sign whoever he wants.

Think about where this was reported, on Duncan Castles own personal podcast. A media source where he earns more money the more people who download and listen to it. He knows United gets clicks, and he knows there is a concern amongst United supporters about how the club is run. So he tries ridiculously to suggest that Ole is abusing his position to help his agent earn money out of the club, despite the fact that currently the only deal his agent has made with the club is to install Ole as manager.

3.) 04 Feb 2020 19:06:48
Bolger2 - Duncan Castles is a fool and talks nonsense? Seriously? Probably the most reliable source of info with regards to United all window. Other than this site, he’s the only other journalist I take any notice of.



06 Dec 2019 13:35:27
Hi Ed's, too much noise about Eriksen to utd, any truth to this rumor?


{Ed002's Note - Mr Mourinho wants the club to keep him, but he wants to move elsewhere - but his preferred option probably won’t happen as they prefer someone else, which make the chance of something good. And far more economically sound than BF.}

1.) 06 Dec 2019 15:40:02
I reckon Eriksen would be a very good signing for us. We really need a 10 as Pereira or Lingard aren't the answer in that position. We have a very young squad and Eriksen is experienced in the PL, good from set pieces and would add some much needed quality to our midfield.

In games where we are trying to break down sides who sit back we currently struggle and Eriksen would be very good in these situations.

There are times where he hasn't turned up in big games, however, he's a big upgrade on what we have.

2.) 06 Dec 2019 14:43:18
Great insight. Thanks Ed002.

3.) 06 Dec 2019 17:44:04
Id have him in a heartbeat -hes not top drawer but then neither are we. He is streets ahead of pereira, mata, lingard and takes a good free kick. If we could off load Matic into the bargain all the better.

One fella who doesn't get a mention is Ryan Fraser -out of contract end of the season and was linked to Arsenal -Spurs a while back. would be a very decent squad player and on his day also better than the 3 mentioned above. caused us problems in recent seasons too . Skilful and hardworking with PL experience . probably jump at the chance to prove himself at a bigger club.

4.) 06 Dec 2019 19:35:04
Eriksen would be good for the games against lesser teams we struggle to break down. Lingard I would use in the games against the bigger teams. His energy and pressing works well in those games.

5.) 06 Dec 2019 21:03:30
Eriksen would be brilliant if only for all of our attacking set pieces. Rashford grabs a few each season from these but it would be great to feel optimistic when we get a free kick in range. At the minute options are predictable and limited.

6.) 08 Dec 2019 11:18:30
Thank You So much ED, Although i like the player, I also remember he said he won't like to move to united. Wouldn't this be another Sanchez like situation?

{Ed002's Note - No, I don't see why.}

7.) 08 Dec 2019 20:54:29
Would love to see Eriksen supplying the front 3.



12 Aug 2019 08:24:24
Hi Ed's, is it true that we can still sign players on loan?


{Ed002's Note - No.}



05 Jul 2019 12:17:35
Hi Ed's, do we have any standing interest in John McGinn or Dani Olmo?


{Ed002's Note - (a) I am not aware of any approach. (b) No. He is moving elsewhere.}

1.) 05 Jul 2019 13:10:05
Thank you ED, so i would not hold my breath for any of those two.

{Ed002's Note - Right.}



30 Jan 2019 10:03:04
Only thing that might hurt us this season is the depth of our squad.
With a super busy February i think we should have opted to buy few backup players in midfield to give some rest to Matic, Herrera and Pogba.
Rabiot was/ is available and i think would be a very good addition. Upfront we are fine and have plenty of cover in forward positions.

Problem with our defence is known to everyone except EW, may be he is just waiting for a new manager and not buying players that a new manager would not want.
Hope we cope well with busy fixtures and come out unscathed.


1.) 30 Jan 2019 13:02:23
I think Rabiot would be a great signing - even if secured on a free transfer to come in at the end of the season. Would work very well with Pogba/ Matic/ Herrera and being French probably would get on well with Pogba and Martial.

2.) 30 Jan 2019 16:35:20
For me its a no brainer but is there any interest from either side? Probably not.

3.) 31 Jan 2019 07:24:12
Midfield depth is a big issue as we only have three players of the desired quality.




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10 Mar 2021 12:28:17
So we have a new football director?


1.) 10 Mar 2021 12:43:23
Got there eventually, so it's John Murtough. Matt Judge will also report to him as Head of Negotiations, but his role will stay the same. Darren Fletcher becomes Technical Director.

2.) 10 Mar 2021 12:56:30
Hi Ed002,
Is this a good decision from the club?

{Ed002's Note - It will depend on what the responsibilities will be.}

3.) 10 Mar 2021 13:56:42
Ed002, said (2/ 3 years have passed) John Murtough being a good option within the club but wasn't sure if he would be considered. Now he has been appointed. Not sure if still he would be the right man or not. Time will tell.



17 Dec 2020 11:44:52
Cavani charged with misconduct? Will he miss any games?


1.) 17 Dec 2020 12:07:27
Minimum 3 game ban, probably means he won't play for us again until 2021.

2.) 17 Dec 2020 12:47:44
He has been charged but I’m unaware he has pleaded or been found guilty yet.

3.) 17 Dec 2020 12:59:20
He doesn't even have to answer until 5th jan so he is available till then at least.

4.) 17 Dec 2020 13:09:43
Shappy he has time to appeal so that’s not true, unless he accepts the charges outright but that would not be a smart move considering it rules our best striker out of the busy christmas period.

5.) 17 Dec 2020 13:17:58
Hence my post ken.

6.) 17 Dec 2020 16:53:35
Wazza, Shappy said probably .

7.) 17 Dec 2020 17:30:04
mbd. I'm not sure what difference that makes to something that just isn't true.

8.) 17 Dec 2020 17:36:14
Will probably end up with a one game ban and a fine, similar to bernardo silva.

FA have to be seen to taking a zero tolerance approach especially considering the player take a knee to raise awareness about racism before every game.

9.) 17 Dec 2020 17:41:38
Per new rule, I guess its 3 match minimum suspension for any sort of racist attempt.

10.) 17 Dec 2020 18:47:08
Remember Silva got a one game ban for his racist post.



07 Dec 2020 14:30:15
If we are to get another player in midfield after selling Pogba, who would be your pick from these players?

Rice, Kalvin-Philips, Camavinga, Ndidi? (or any other)


1.) 07 Dec 2020 15:02:16
I really like Phillips. Rice is growing on me. Dream would be Saul.

2.) 07 Dec 2020 15:15:07
Out of those four Phillips would be my choice, but Rice is certainly a very good option as well. Camavinga I think will end up elsewhere, and I like Ndidi but I'm not convinced his more limited passing is good enough for top side.

3.) 07 Dec 2020 15:15:20
douglas luiz from aston vila. he's showing himself to be a very good midfielder at aston villa

In fact sign douglas luiz, mcginn and grealish from villa in a triple swoop.

4.) 07 Dec 2020 16:01:28
Surely he has to be replaced with Saul Ed001?

{Ed001's Note - that would make the most sense to me scholes. Saul is top class.}

5.) 07 Dec 2020 17:51:58
Saul would be phenomenal, could you imagine a midfield three of Saul, Donny and Bruno. It would be the best midfield in the league, with Bruno and Saul being 26 and in their prime and Donny 23 and improving.

Sadly I don't see it happening, but my god it would be amazing if it did.

6.) 07 Dec 2020 19:10:07
It's not about the individual players, we have some great players, its about getting them to play as a team Shappy, actually press a team when they don't have the ball.
A team is usually defined as greater than the sum of its parts, not sure what you call a team that is less than the sum of its parts.

7.) 08 Dec 2020 09:08:04
Grim, I 100% agree that a team should be greater than the sum of its parts. However, you also need the right blend of players to get the best out of each other. Players who fill niches in the team, who cover for each others weaknesses and who play to each others strengths.



01 Dec 2020 09:53:53
Really sorry if this is too much to ask, can anyone summarize how our players doing on loan?

Garner, Chong, Levitt etc.


1.) 01 Dec 2020 11:15:02
Chong has only started twice and has made a few sub appearances. He hasn’t as yet shown anything that suggests he will kick on. That said it is a long season, maybe with a run of game he might be able to lift his performances.

It’s much the same with Levitt at Charlton, he has only started a few games and hasn’t yet grasped or really been given an opportunity. However, he now has C.V. so will be out for a couple of weeks.

Garner has done much better, he has started 7 or 8 games and while not yet really lit up the championship he has held his own. Given a few more months of regular games he is probably best placed to kick on and really show his class.

However, for all three its early days.

2.) 01 Dec 2020 15:30:31
Thank You Shappy, really appreciate it. I think Levitt's loan was a really bad one he could have at least moved to a Championship club.

3.) 02 Dec 2020 12:52:53
Levitt's loan did seem a strange one. He has played international football with Wales, so dropping down to league one seemed too far a drop. I assumed it was because he would start every week, which as yet hasn't been the case.

But like I said, early days yet.



22 Nov 2020 07:48:27
How Poor is Martial as a CF, yesterday missed two good chances which should've been buried in the back to the net.
If continues to play like this, we will need a new CF next summer?



1.) 22 Nov 2020 08:31:32
Two good chances, only remember the one that bruno laid off for him?

Hes been poor so far this season, think its more of a case of him keeping the space until greenwood is ready to take over. Now we have cavani that's a good stop gap signing to put real pressure on martial for his place.

2.) 22 Nov 2020 08:37:27
He is definitely having a patch of bad form. Maybe benching him would be best and play Cavani instead of him.

3.) 22 Nov 2020 09:14:58
Needs a goal, once he gets one he will get a few.

{Ed047's Note - like that’s never been said 100’s of times before

4.) 22 Nov 2020 09:37:22
Of course he needs a goal. That's his job and he isn't ever so good at his job!

5.) 22 Nov 2020 09:44:28
Martial has all the skills and talent needed to be a top striker. However, his poor form often coincides with us having another striker breathing down his neck. He struggled when Lukaku was here, Lukaku moves on making Martial the undisputed first choice and he hits the best form of his United career. Then United sign Cavani and Martial's form drops off a cliff again.

I wonder whether mentally he has what it takes to be a striker at a top club where you will have competition breathing down your neck all the time.

Maybe he will be one of those players who needs to be the big fish in a small pond. He needs to be undisputed first choice and feel the love, otherwise he struggles under the pressure of losing his place.

6.) 22 Nov 2020 10:16:16
Best he moves on then Shappy.

7.) 22 Nov 2020 10:31:19
Scooby, it's a tricky situation. On one hand when fit and firing he is every bit good enough. On the other he often picks up little niggles and mentally his form seems to tail off when under pressure for his first team spot.

With us aiming to go far in all cup competitions meaning we will play 50-60 games a season we need at least two top class strikers to rotate and rest.

Yet Martial appears to struggle with competition for his place, while his regular niggling injuries mean we can't really just rely on him.

It might be best for both parties long term for a parting of the ways. United need a striker who will relish competition for places not wilt. While if Martial wants to make the most of his career he needs to find a club where he will be undisputed first choice without strong competition for places.

Personally having seen how easily Haaland has stepped up at Dortmund I'd love to see him come in and replace Martial. In reality with our history with Haaland's family, his love of Leeds and the fact that every top side in the world will be after him he probably isn't a realistic target. Someone who could be interesting to keep an eye on would be Odsonne Edouard at Celtic. Very good well rounded striker who looks more than ready to step up, one I'd want to avoid is Moussa Dembele, who's decent, but isn't top class and probably never will be.

8.) 22 Nov 2020 10:57:15
So we agree Shappy. He is basically not good enough and needs to move on. It isn't just competition that makes him wilt. Very few teams are going to attack us leaving space for him to play to his strength. When he has to play against teams that sit back he cannot cope, gets stroppy and wilts. He isn't good enough to be our main striker and if he has to cope with competition he wilts. He wilts whatever so move on in my view.

9.) 22 Nov 2020 11:31:56
Rash greenwood and martial haven't really got going so far .
But that's the same front 3 that got 60 odd goals between them last season?
Some have short memories.

10.) 22 Nov 2020 09:48:01
47 I've made 2 comments and got 2 replies, your only 2 on the whole page . Are you missing GDS 😉.

{Ed047's Note - I miss neither of you two point scoring clowns to be honest son.

11.) 22 Nov 2020 10:56:17
It wouldn’t be a post by jred without an Ed47 dig at the end of it.

{Ed047's Note - perhaps if it didn’t warrant one I wouldn’t make one 🤦‍♂️

12.) 22 Nov 2020 16:37:37
Jred getting trolled🙄😂.




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20 Mar 2020 12:12:56
WRD, at this point seriously don't care about football or any other sport. All such activities must be stopped indefinitely till each person is cured and there is no danger of spreading it further.

Hope everyone is safe from this site.




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09 Jan 2020 12:26:19
Ruben Neves will be a dream signing, works hard for the team, passing is really good and has an ability to score an odd screamer.
Our scouting team does absolutely nothing i feel, players like Neves, Maddison, Buendia all were coming to PL after a brilliant season yet we were never interested.




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09 Jan 2020 10:16:13
That QPR lad Eberechi Eze looks like some player, already 10 goals and 6 assists from Midfield.




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10 Dec 2019 15:43:22
This is what happens when you skip a few posts.




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10 Dec 2019 13:02:36
Sancho for 100 mil, no thanks.





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11 Feb 2021 06:11:23
If McT was playing in a Dutch or German league, we would be ready to play 75mil for him.




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06 Feb 2021 06:10:19
RIO - we need a bit of pace for our CB's
Robson - Captain - B2B




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09 Dec 2020 14:38:07
Wallace, that team was old but nowhere near inferior, they were serial winners. RVP, Rooney, Ferdinand, Carrick, Evra all knew what it was to play for the club and win trophies. This bunch is soft and inconsistent.




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09 Dec 2020 11:08:18
Both manager and players are at fault equally. Maguire, Lindelof are
not good enough (decent at its best) to lead a man utd backline. DDG has his own issues and still after so many years hesitates to come off the line to collect the ball. Backing players like Martial and Pogba is another managerial blunder.

Even if we bring the best of the best managers, we will struggle. Players needs to be changed as well.




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08 Dec 2020 12:18:04
Always listen to Old men :D Sir Alex was right about him and so was Jose Mourinho. It didn't work clearly for us, so let's just move on.