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31 Aug 2014 20:27:27
Good evening ed

You have stated that United will be looking to do more business tomorrow and they are looking to but a DM player. With it looking likely that Henandez and welbeck are surplus to requirements, do u believe we will look to another striker or promote some of the youth (Wilson)


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{Ed002's Note - Do not be surprised if a striker arrives.}



26 Aug 2014 18:59:12
Evening Ed. You've mentioned Wednesdays get together of clubs to discuss the potential European breakaway league. Can I ask which teams are at this moment considering breaking away? Also, do u expect it to ever happen, and what affects do u believe it would have on the remaining domestic leagues around the world.

I haven't put a lot of thought into it as I didn't believe it would ever happen, but I can't see it been good for the match day fans!

I understand your very busy this week, but would live to know your thoughts on this!


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{Ed002's Note - There is a whole bunch of clubs that have been involved in the discussions over recent years. I have no doubts that it will one day happen. As for the impact, I wrote this a while back and it pretty much covers my views on the matter:

Putting aside the whole argument of what people can, can't, should, may be able to afford etc. (which does nothing but reinforce my point that we should avoid discussion of money), the game has changed significantly and will continue to do so. Football at the highest level is big business and attracts the sponsorship it does because the sponsors wish to tap in to the disposable income of the fans and ride the back of the advertising that flows naturally from the success some clubs achieve. Long gone are the days of the cloth-capped, hobnailed-booted, chimney sweep making his way, rattle in hand, to cheer on his team at Old Trafford on a Saturday afternoon. I have explained before that there will be changes, probably within the next 10 to 15 years, which will force the restructuring of all of the leagues in Europe and likely do away with the likes of UEFA. You will have the opportunity to see the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus and the other major European sides play in week-on-week regular competition at The Emirates, Stamford Bridge etc.. You will have the opportunity to visit Milan, Barcelona, Monaco, etc. every couple of weeks to watch your team play - if they make the cut. If you want to don your cloth cap, have a pint of wallop with your chums before going off to the local match, perhaps one of the sides from the suburbs will have survived so you can go and watch them?}

Without going in to too much detail: (a) A number of clubs take the opportunity a once or twice a year to discuss various issues including changes in rules, television rights, the power of UEFA, exploitation issues for new technology streams, etc.. These discussions, the last of which were in late March in Monte Carlo the next take place this Wednesday in Monte Carlo, also always turn to the possibility and structure of a breakaway pan European league. Several are ex-G14 clubs, several are not, and some clubs decline involvement in such discussions. (b) The plan is that at some point a number of clubs would break away from their national leagues and UEFA. They accept that they would be banned from all existing club competition and the players would initially be banned from all FIFA competitions as well, but know that FIFA would be looking to negotiate in any case. It would be the end of UEFA in all probability and UEFA are very aware of this. It would also result in a restructuring of many of the national leagues. (c) The clubs would renegotiate their television rights, rights of distribution via other streams etc.. (d) It remains the greatest fear of UEFA and all major national authorities that one day this will happen.

There is every likelihood that the big money from television, sponsorship etc. would go with a breakaway league. It would completely rupture the operations of UEFA and I would expect it would require national associations like the FA to restructure their leagues. Nobody wants this but it is the eventual consequence I would expect. If I had to speculate, I would think (1) you might eventually see something like five or six EPL teams leave for two-tier pan European league - perhaps after a short period with three or four departing for a single division; (2) the Premier League would be disbanded as an organisation; (3) the FA would restructure in to two 20 team divisions with lower leagues regionalised as they were many years ago; (4) FIFA would ban all players from the breakaway teams from International football - perhaps rescinding that position to stop FIFA breaking up as well. I could also see many teams lose their professional status. I would think we are probably 10 years away from any significant move at this time.

I hold a reasonably strong view in terms of the need to restructure football in Europe in any case. For me an eventual a breakaway pan-European league would force the restructuring of many of the national leagues, possibly resulting in a British league with perhaps only a couple of professional tiers and then regionalised amateur leagues below that. Financially I do not see that so many pro sides can be sustained within the sport which, like it or not, will see more and more money going in to the highest levels of the game. Governments will ensure that grassroots sport get funding but everything in the middle (Southern, Northern, Conference, Division 2, Scottish Divisions 1-3, League of Wales will not get the funding needed to continue on any sort of professional basis.}

1.) Thanks Ed! Nice change to read some none transfer or doom and gloom about current form stuff!

2.) Even though I think a lot of what is written on here from both sides is conjecture and guesswork, I have to say that your piece on the future of Football is IMO succinct, accurate and well written. I've been telling people for years that the lower leagues need to lose the professional status as 'financial football' at that level is unsustainable although I didn't put it quite as well as you've done.

3.) 27 Aug 2014 13:25:21
Great info Ed002, can I ask will United be represented at these gatherings?


{Ed002's Note - Just today.}



23 Aug 2014 23:30:28
Evening Ed.

Thanks for your reply earlier. It appears that we're making progress with Di Maria which is pleasing!

Are you aware if we are still pushing for Vidal in this window, or would that deal be too difficult now? I know a week is a long time, but u gave me the impression Juventus would need to sell to buy. Selling this late leaves little time to buy!

Hope you enjoyed your European Travel, and have a good weekend!

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{Ed002's Note - See earlier answers.}

1.) Thanks ed. Apologies, I must admit I haven't seen anything since. - Vidal needs to ask for transfer

2.) Having re-read your 'right people in the right place Wednesday /Thursday for the likes of Vidal etc', the chances of signing Vidal is still there? I get the impression nobody on here believes there is a chance of it happening, but to me, I thought it looked more positive than the di Maria signing!



13 Aug 2014 13:38:42
Good evening Ed002. Just a couple of quick questions. I recall you stating that the Rojo agent was in discussions with another team about a transfer, and the link with United was speculative. Has anything changed?
Also it's been reported that Juventus have given a second deadline date for the Vidal transfer of this Friday. Do you have any knowledge of this?

Kindest regards

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{Ed002's Note - Rojo's representatives has had discussions with two other clubs. Manchester United are interested but the price would need to be resolved. His owners are looking for the best return they can get. Sporting need the cash but only own a quarter of the player.}

1.) Thanks for you time Ed!

2.) Southampton were 1 of the teams intrested in rojo

{Ed002's Note - Napoli was the other.}

3.) So we are crying out for defenders, this Rojo, who in my opinion is a quality with pace and bags of potential, is desperate to sign for us and we are haggling over 1/2 million or how much is paid upfront? Why is this even in the press? In the good old days we would know who we wanted and the deal would he done and no one would find out about until the lad is in a united shirt. It's incredibly frustrating

4.) Couldn't agree more, talking about how much money we've got is hardly going to get us a bargain, pay up and get some players in

5.) Mad1max, unfortunately this isn't the good old days, this is 2014, social media overload, transfer rumour websites, 24 hour news, sport dedicated TV and radio channels.

How the hell does anyone keep anything quiet these days?

You obviously come here wanting runours, but when the rumours become reality that breaks our cover you don't like it?

6.) Da, it's not that I don't like it (the rumours), but I'm sure I can't be the only one thinking that every single transfer we are involved with (supposedly) seems to drag out. We never used to have this problem with Gill



10 Aug 2014 20:46:11
Ed. I understand you are travelling this week so no problem if your too busy. I read through the posts regarding Di Maria and understand United are interested but as yet haven't bid. Since you posted that info, has the situation changed? In your opinion, do you expect a bid, and do you think Di Maria would be interested in the move without CL football?.this transfer is one that interests me with the Argentina link

Safe travels

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{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed.}




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31 Aug 2014 04:44:33
Good evening Ed002

Do u believe united will be looking to any further business in this transfer window after blind, or can we sit and relax for the rest of the window!

Thanks for all your info this past few months, and hope you have your well earned rest soon!


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{Ed002's Note - Yes, Manchester United are still trying to conduct business.}



17 Aug 2014 08:27:40
I don't get all these posts stating that we won't buy anybody etc etc.

Ed002 has given loads of info regarding players we have inquired about and others that we are actively bidding for.

If the owners were only wanting to 'penny pinch' they wouldn't have given Moyes the boot so early into his 8 year deal and replaced him with somebody like LVG whom isn't a 'yes' man.

They know that success is key to the business, and they probably know as much as us fans that investment is needed to bring back the success!

What would be stupid though is having Huge clear out and buying 7-8 players in one window. Ed has said countless times that it will take 3 windows.

Fingers crossed a defender will be signed soon along with the elusive Vidal and we can kick on from this result!

Stay positive, get behind the team, and stop being so negative when things are against us!


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1.) A huge clear out is exactly what United need.
Too many overhyped, bubble wrapped, overpaid players who are nothing more than mediocre - Cleverley, Young, Nani, Anderson, Smalling, Raphael, Valencia, Carrick, Fletcher, Hernandez. Not one of those would get in last season's top six first XI.
Your view of don't panic is complacent nonsense. It's not panic, it's ignoring reality.
How many more poor displays against supposedly weaker sides will you need to see? To say that fans need to wait 3 transfer windows is garbage. Should they stop paying the ticket prices and TV subscriptions for that long also as a quid pr quo agreement? No!
United are in deep trouble and will end up mid-table this season. Teams are no longer worried about coming to Old Trafford. They know if they play like Swansea did yesterday they can soak-up our one dimensional play and then they'll sneak a goal or two. Even Villa with Roy Keane will turn up and put one over us this season unless we improve the quality of the squad.

2.) Isn't this the third window since Moyes took over? Or is it three windows afrer lvg now?timetables aside can't help thinking blowing 70m on two no 10s when we already had two is hurting us.Hopefully the squad can be improved but we may have dropped half a dozen pionts by then. there were genuine plus points from yesterday though rooney isn't one of them. He's a good player but he's paid at 50 goals a season money and will be lucky to get half that. Could be replaced for half the money.



13 Aug 2014 18:52:26
Evening all. Does anyone have any details of fantasy football mini leagues run on here?

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02 Aug 2014 17:03:54
Good afternoon people!

Ed002 explained the situation regarding Vidal recently and mentioned that a deal was possible. A few on here and another ed mentioned a decision would be made by today. Am I correct in assuming that the latest comments coming from Juventus mean the decision has been made and the transfer isn't going to happen?

Do u have any significant update Ed002?

Apologies if u see this question as a time waste, and obviously only post if u feel it warrants a response

Kind regards

Boca united 1978

{Ed002's Note - There is nothing of any real consequence to report.}

1.) Thanks as always for your time ed! Hopefully that will help a few on here to relax! Ha

2.) 02 Aug 2014 17:49:41
thanks for the update ed, i'm guessing we might hear more tonight when vidals agent returns to italy after concluding the medel deal? are there any obstacles in the way or have any of the obstacles you suggested (player asking for the move; other team getting involved; time) been removed or overcome?

{Ed002's Note - I have previously explained the situation.}

3.) 03 Aug 2014 10:11:07
Brooksy. My understanding from Ed002's explanation is that Manchester United have made a bid through a 3rd party but are not the only team interested. For a move to happen Vidal has to request the move which will have financial implications. Ed002 was under the impression it would be sorted by today, but obviously things change fast In football and in answer to my original post nothing significant has changed. What I don't understand is why people don't use the search engine, and why people are still under the impression a deal is dead in the water even though Ed has kindly responded!



26 Jun 2014 19:35:23
Afternoon all

Finally good news that we have signed a creative midfielder! Fingers crossed he will be great for many years to come.

What I'm struggling to understand is, why are people desperate to buy another midfielder to partner him?. personally I think we already have the perfect solution in Carrick! Admittedly Carrick was average last season, but he was effectively the only quality we had in the midfield last year and left with the impossible task of doing all alone.

For me the defence is now a major priority and we are very weak at CB and as discussed LB.

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1.) 26 Jun 2014 20:55:35
Carrick is almost 33 and too slow . We need someone with energy and aggression to in there

2.) Agree, although if Shaw signs we are halfway there

3.) Carrick he is dross . I love the sincerity in your post. Like you believe carrick can still cut it at top level. He can't

4.) Carrick has looked better than he is because he was the best of a bad bunch, he needs replacing with quality.

5.) 26 Jun 2014 22:45:19
If you think Carrick is 'dross' you clearly have no knowledge of football!

6.) Carrick no chance one good season in how many. Squad player at best




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I was under the impression he was close to a move to Zenit!

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Thanks Ed! Nice change to read some none transfer or doom and gloom about current form stuff!

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Having re-read your 'right people in the right place Wednesday /Thursday for the likes of Vidal etc', the chances of signing Vidal is still there? I get the impression nobody on here believes there is a chance of it happening, but to me, I thought it looked more positive than the di Maria signing!

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Thanks ed. Apologies, I must admit I haven't seen anything since. - Vidal needs to ask for transfer

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Thanks ed

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28 Oct 2017 18:06:00
Is that if you don’t include Swansea, Bournemouth, Liverpool and Everton?

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10 Oct 2017 20:25:30
Mines obviously United and Boca Juniors!

My wife is from Buenos Aires and I get to watch Boca when we visit her family! (Her Dad is season ticket holder)

Nothing can beat the atmosphere of la bombenera on a match day.

Very passionate fans over their and will be a shame if Argentina don’t qualify for the World Cup later this evening.

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I've seen a pic of Di Maria 7 shirts in the club shop shappy, and the article was basically saying they were not allowed to sell them yet . I didn't read the article though after taking your advice to skip read :)

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Let's just hope her shampoo is Vidal Sassoon!

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Di Maria without a doubt! Class

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