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15 Jun 2024 21:15:42
Hi Ed, is there any likely landing spot for Greenwood? There’s talk of Juventus but today as well Valencia. Think either are interested?

Chrism894

{Ed002's Note - Mason Greenwood (F) Time to move on - offered to Lazio, Marseille and Atalanta but none seem to be biting. Turkey, perhaps with Mr Mourinho at Fenerbahce, or the Middle East might provide permanent options. Napoli, Atletico Madrid or Real Sociedad may offer an option but the fee will be too high for Getafe to buy, but they will try to find a creative solution or another loan. He is on the list of Michael Emenalo, but that may not suit the player. Agent wants him to move to Italy for a fresh start and has suggested to Juventus that they offer an exchange for Chiesa. Juventus will want to keep transactions clean and may be willing to pay €20M or so.}


1.) 16 Jun 2024 00:45:39
Wow €20m for a player that would be worth €80m if he wasn’t so touchy feely. Such potential, what a shame things have turned out this way for both him and the club.


2.) 16 Jun 2024 02:12:59
I find it odd we haven’t even just terminated his contract and the fact we are going to get any money for the vile human.

The quicker he’s off our great clubs books the better.


3.) 16 Jun 2024 03:03:40
Jeez wazza, there was a few ways to make that point, and that wasn't it. Yes, it is disappointing that a player who was listed as the most valuable player in europe in some circles at one stage, could be worth less than scot mctominay. But the blame lies firmly with him, and I am happy he is not coming back.


4.) 16 Jun 2024 07:39:21
Oh absolutely dodgy, I didn’t blame anyone else.


5.) 16 Jun 2024 00:11:05
Thanks Ed, hopefully it can move on quick for all parties now.


 

 

09 Jun 2024 00:16:05
Hi Ed, can you shed any light on the ongoing manager saga? Journalists and different people say talks are continuing with other manager representatives. Is this true or is ten hag set to stay? Are they talking to anyone in particular, as some say tuchel and some say poch.

Chrism894

{Ed002's Note - The club have spoken with several options or their representatives including Mauricio Pochettino, Thomas Tuchel, Roberto De Zerbi, Graham Potter, Kieran McKenna, Zinedine Zidane and Gareth Southgate who may be a safe bet and very much on the list for Jim Ratcliffe. Available after the Euros and has been of interest before.

I am not sure if a final decision has been made yet but I still think he will depart and I suspect Mauricio Pochettino or Gareth Southgate will replace him.}


1.) 09 Jun 2024 09:17:49
Please let it be anyone but Southgate. Dire football…….


2.) 09 Jun 2024 09:54:59
I agree plus not Southgate. don't think anybody wants him. I'd like ten hag to stay now but if it's poch I wouldn't be too mifted. I wanted poch pre ten hag as he seems to mould very good sides. Anyway we'll find out soon enough, but please not Southgate.


3.) 09 Jun 2024 12:10:11
That was crying out for a RTFP.


4.) 09 Jun 2024 13:20:42
If ETH goes there is only one option in my opinion, and that’s Poch. Anybody else wouldn’t make sense.

I would imagine 99% of fans would be against Southgate before a ball is even kicked.

I was all for a replacement, but I’ve changed my mind and don’t mind if ETH stays. Just a little worried that if gets a bad start and is 8th or something by Xmas it could all go very bad and we’d end up looking for a new manager mid season, when all the good options are now in other jobs.


5.) 09 Jun 2024 14:20:21
Considering this is a new update from ed002 Wazza you’re wrong and being negative for the sake of it.

Eth has stipulations in his contract regarding power so he can’t carry on next season unless Ineos allow his input or they offer a new contract with new responsibilities.


6.) 09 Jun 2024 14:39:44
Changes more than the weather.

Looks a bit like amateur hour to me. make the decision guys.


7.) 09 Jun 2024 16:35:42
Tuchel is a non runner anyway, please be Poch, I’d be in a deep state of depression if Southgate was appointed, surely a man in touch with things would realise the fan base does not want Southgate or have to wait for a manager to be in place, tho hopefully England will be home a week on Sunday,


8.) 09 Jun 2024 16:27:25
Romano reporting that Tuchel has pulled out of the running for United.


9.) 09 Jun 2024 17:14:59
Poch is not an improvement on what we have.

Instead we are wasting time on an unnecessary "review" rather than getting the right people into their positions and starting on player targets. This should have all been sorted weeks if not months ago.

I wouldn't be surprised if we miss out on key targets and pay inflated fees and contracts for our second and third choice.

There really isn't anything to get excited about this Ineos era so far. I hope that changes soon.


10.) 09 Jun 2024 17:30:59
Depends if you think a footballing structure in place improved ETH’s in game management decisions because his in game tactics or lack thereof was a real concern. Is Poch better than ETH, time will tell but if we didn’t win the fa cup I think a lot would’ve been remembering the inept displays and in game management a lot more, injuries or not, other themes suffered injuries and it didn’t effect their style of play, we mostly said that we couldn’t see a style of play, so all of this doesn’t disappear because we played well and beat City in a one off game. I wanted Poch a while back when he left Spurs, I think he’s a good fit.


11.) 09 Jun 2024 17:49:20
Totally WRD.


12.) 09 Jun 2024 18:53:22
If reports are true and Sancho is available for 40m, does that not suggest the board are backing the manager not the player?
Sancho reportedly stated he would come back to UTD if eth wasn't there, now he is on the market, not that he wasn't, but he certainly is now.


13.) 09 Jun 2024 17:31:10
Thank you Ed! Do you know if they’ve held talks with Poch?

{Ed002's Note - I explained that in my reply, but used his proper name and not som Gangsta Rap name you gave for him.}


14.) 09 Jun 2024 20:02:21
Jason Burt in The Telegraph now saying that Mauricio Pochettino unlikely….

Looks like it’s going to be Gareth Southgate or Di Zerbi….

Waistcoats at the ready….


15.) 09 Jun 2024 20:46:24
Or Eth, Wallace.


16.) 09 Jun 2024 21:00:15
Heard there’s been too many issues with ETH’s problems with communicating his ideas effectively to players Jimbo (with some senior players complaining about it) so looks like INEOS want a change.

Think Ed002 said once that Southgate might be OK if he brings his coaches with him….


17.) 09 Jun 2024 21:21:19
Another twist would be if ETH stays he has 1 year or thereabouts on his contract - if they don't offer him an extended contract immediately then we will have the weekly saga of the media pressure and the daily tabloid pundits asking why hasn't his contract been extended -whereas most fans seem to be leaning towards giving ETH a 6 month trial - I don't see SJR telling him he has 6-9 months to win a new contract so its the sack or a new contract as far as i see it.


18.) 10 Jun 2024 06:46:36
You've heard? From who?
His ideas are not being received by said players is the other way of looking at this.
If that were the case, and history having a habit of repeating itself, I would say some of the players need to leave if they don't understand the instructions or are unable/ unwilling to carry them out.
Said many times, the manager is not, and quite often, has never been the problem.
I would go one further and say in some instances, it hasn't been the players faults over the last 10-15yrs, it has been the folk recruiting them and assembling a team of players unable to operate together as a collective.


19.) 09 Jun 2024 21:55:01
Interesting turn of events. Is anybody else talking to Pochettino Ed, or Southgate for that matter?

{Ed002's Note - Yes he has spoken with two other clubs.}


20.) 10 Jun 2024 04:58:28
Sorry Ed, thank you for the answers on Mauricio Pochettino. It’s just been very stressful as a fan not knowing when we will have an answer.


21.) 10 Jun 2024 18:21:58
It’s stressful because you have no patience and want want want. Everything will become clearer in the next few weeks so there is no point raising your blood pressure over it.


 

 

12 May 2023 16:07:25
Reports United have made a huge offer to Kim Min Jae. Do you think there's any truth? Seems odd when we still have Maguire and Lindelof as backups.

Chrism894

1.) 13 May 2023 01:41:48
I’d say it makes absolute sense as we have Lindelof and Maguire as back up. Hopefully we won’t have Maguire as back up next season, he should be nowhere near the club.


2.) 13 May 2023 06:12:18
If it is true, it would confirm that Maguire will leave in the summer. Think we would have 4 pretty decent CB options then.


3.) 13 May 2023 10:16:21
Spells the end of Maguire if true. I think ETH sees something in Lindelof if partnered with a commanding dominant CH . plus he doesn't have a lot of other options.


4.) 13 May 2023 13:27:05
Heard £53m for him from my source in Naples.


5.) 13 May 2023 18:48:34
Signing Kim would give us 3 CB's who I'd be happy with starting every week. Add Lindelof as a capable squad player and Shaw being able to play at CB, I'd be very happy with those options for our defence next season.

After today's results I'd be on the phone to Southampton about Kotchap as another CB we could look at.


6.) 13 May 2023 19:07:53
I'm sure it was rangnick who had recommended kotchap before he left?
Id be trying to sign lavia as well.


7.) 13 May 2023 19:58:19
Romeo Lavia would be an excellent understudy for Casemiro.


8.) 14 May 2023 00:24:44
Rather get Alcarez from Southampton. Young striker who has impressed me a lot.


9.) 14 May 2023 09:54:01
Any truth Ed that we’ve bid for Kim?

{Ed002's Note - I have explained that Manchester United are keen on him.}


10.) 14 May 2023 10:43:22
Salford, I'm keen on Alcarez too. Along with Lavia and the forgotten man Livramento Southampton will be lucky to hang onto their better players although Livramento has literally only just returned to training after a lengthy lay-off, so might be best with a season in the Championship. Also Ward-Prowse, as loyal as he's been can probably do a job for someone in the Prem.


11.) 14 May 2023 13:33:56
There will be competition for him but if we get him that gives us a good CB core for next season, allows rotation to rest Varane and future replacement.
Maguire can then be sold for whatever we can get for him £20m. I would happily keep Lindelof but he may then press for a transfer.
As for Lavia, could be a good youngster to bring in and develop for future and resting Casimero.


12.) 16 May 2023 08:53:54
tbh we need a cb as varane is turning into the new phil jones regarding injuries- classy player but made of chocolate tbf.


 

 

11 May 2023 13:08:16
First report that sir Jim is preferred bidder has come out.

Chrism894

1.) 11 May 2023 14:55:48
Just read that on Sky Sports.


2.) 11 May 2023 14:58:10
That said the Sky 'report' is quoting The Sun as their source so probably totally unreliable. We shall see what we shall see regardless of press speculation.


3.) 11 May 2023 15:32:20
It just takes one "source" to start the process. Not many outlets have actual journalists doing actual research nowadays. It's the 'Buzzfeed" model in which reporting that someone else has reported something is considered to be news, but is in fact just clickbait.

Of course, we are all desperate to get this sale done and dusted, but truth is we have to wait until there's an actual announcement from the Glazers, the buyers, or at least a credible report from a highly reputable news outlet (not Sky or the Sun) .


 

 

05 Apr 2023 14:11:00
Hi Ed, are United still interested in Youri Tielemans?

Chrism894

{Ed002's Note - Youri Tielemans (CM) right now he will not sign a new contract so will be available as a Free Agent in the summer. His agent confirmed that there was interest from Real Madrid who are looking for a Luka Modric replacement, but they have turned their attention elsewhere and may well extend Modric in any case. Interest from Spurs may remain. Arsenal remain keen but are considering others ahead of him and he has been approached by a third party representing Newcastle, who also cannot be discounted. Interest of Manchester United may have gone as they are looking at other midfield options but they will be back if they cannot get their first choice players. I suspect that Arsenal and Newcastle will continue to work on a transfer whilst Leicester continue to try and persuade him to sign a new contract. Wildcard will be Borussia Dortmund dropping interest in others to move for him. He is aware that other clubs, including Liverpool, have scouted the player but not declared an interest.}


1.) 06 Apr 2023 00:11:27
Thanks Ed! Any clue about Macallister as well? An Argentine reporter today said united Liverpool and Arsenal were talking to him.

{Ed002's Note - That would be tapping up without permission.}


2.) 06 Apr 2023 01:51:53
Thanks Ed, I probably said it stupidly. Apparently he said the players father and agent are the ones contacted which I assume is fair. United interested?

{Ed002's Note - There is a lot of interest in Mac Allister - talking to his agent is fine. Start approaching family members to try to influence a sale is not.}


 

 

 

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29 Apr 2023 22:59:04
Could Paul Mitchell join United if INEOS take over? Someone is reporting he is joining Chelsea not sure if there’s any truth.

Chrism894

1.) 30 Apr 2023 21:25:44
The dorector of Sport for Ineos is Sir Davif Brailsford (Since Dec 2021) The CEO of Ineos sports is Jean Claude Blanc (since Feb 23), who has previously been Chairman and CEO of Juventus, Deputy managing director of PSG, French Tennis and manahinf directoe of ASO the company behind The Tour de France, Paris Dakar rally and Paris Roubaix classic amongst other events.

His brief specifically includes developing world class facilities for each of the branches under the Ineos Sport umbrella.

Thats the team behind Ineos Sport in terms of the sporting and administrative side if tge operation. I can't answer your question and am not sure anyone can but we can learn something from other projects.

Certainly Mitchell was previously heavily linked with the Ineos Utd bid. I imagine these 2 will be heavily involved in picking people for the top spots should Ineos win out.


 

 

22 Apr 2023 07:31:27
Have you heard anything about young keeper Verbruggen? Some articles linking him to United (and others) today.

Chrism894

1.) 22 Apr 2023 10:08:57
He's Dutch so it must be true ?‍♂️?.


 

 

20 Jun 2022 19:21:54
Interesting to hear Spurs backing out for Eriksen according to their reporters. Its a few years past but Eriksen to United would still be lovely.

Chrism894

1.) 20 Jun 2022 21:54:05
Is it true that he trained with ajax under eth for 8 weeks prior to his move to Brentford?
I've read it a couple of times but don't know if it's true.
I think with mata and matic leaving having a snr pro around is a good thing and he still has plenty to offer.
Inspirational figure too for everybody to look up to.
I think he would be a great addition to the team and hopefully a sign of things to come in terms of technical and intelligent player eth likes to work with and develop.
I'd be far more concerned if we were linked with Sean longstaff again.


2.) 20 Jun 2022 22:27:02
I had read this too Ken. Not the first time United have been linked with him, even going back to his playing days at Ajax. Be great to have a consistent decent free kick taker too.


3.) 20 Jun 2022 22:27:23
Eriksen will be excellent. We also need Frenkie, Antony, Torres and another defender if we get all of these I think we wouldve had a good summer. I would want a striker but now Nunez and Haaland is gone there aren't that many good strikers available.


4.) 21 Jun 2022 01:10:11
He did train with Ajax for a period of time. They as a club are very welcoming for ex players and have had Schone training with them recently when he was without a club.


 

 

04 Apr 2022 23:27:23
Lot of rumors of the dressing room being unhappy with Ralf. With a split over managerial appointments. Obviously tabloid talk but at the same time surely the instability has an affect on players? Even some said so directly in interviews. Club need the future at least resolved for the players within a couple weeks.

Chrism894

1.) 05 Apr 2022 02:58:20
I would suggest those players who are unhappy then need to leave in the summer, I would be more than happy if 8-9 of that first 11 found pastures new. What happens if they don't like the manager next year, will they spend another season sulking and trundling around the pitch.

Regardless of who is the manager the players need to give 100% each game and we have seen precious little of that this season, that is why my preference is for EtH rather than Poch.

Poch I suspect would keep most of the squad and we would continue to drift, whereas EtH I get the feeling would speak to RR (who knows exactly who to get rid of) he would ditch the shirkers and bring in players who are willing to run into the ground for the club.

The question for me is which way do the board want to go, I reckon they will go with the evolution approach of Poch, rather than the revolution approach of EtH.


2.) 05 Apr 2022 08:56:26
We're sympathetic towards him because he has only had half a season at the club. He inherited an Ole squad, which was ridiculously unbalanced and is lacking in key areas.

Most of us wrote the season off once it started.


3.) 05 Apr 2022 06:30:32
I literally despise this squad at moment, constant leaks, I’ve never known a group of players with such a high opinion of themselves when in reality their arguably producing some of the worst performances from a United side in 20 years!
Id sell ddg, Dalot awb Shaw telles Jones Bailey Maguire pogba Donny Lingard Cavani Ronaldo rashford matic mata martial …

If I’ve forget anyone I’m sorry!
I’ll give varane and sancho the benefit of the doubt for now but I must admit I watch sancho and think did we really spend nearly 80 million on him! Physically pathetic, scared to beat a man, has adopted the United way of passing backwards all the time and my biggest annoyance with him he seems to of adopted the same swagger rashford has where he thinks he’s a lot better than he is when in reality as Gareth Southgate has shown he is in danger of becoming a nobody!


4.) 05 Apr 2022 07:17:30
You lot on here are…..deleted drivel

{Ed014's Note - so nice to see you back again! ?‍♂️


5.) 05 Apr 2022 09:11:05
We had an interim in place in Carrick who couldn’t have had us playing worse than Rangnick. We didn’t really need a supposed tactical genius to work out who to keep and who to sell. They all need replacing.


6.) 05 Apr 2022 10:19:53
So many issues causing current decline, such as:

Unbalanced squad result of no long term planning, commercial names over footballing choices and reacting to each managers style of play - whereas should have pverall style which should t change with a new manager.

Perceived lack of coaching under Ole deteriorated even more when They left and replaced by RR and his coach, who the players don’t rate and want more input and instruction. Players naturally want a clear instruction, so that confusion appearing in the pitch

Players unhappy about not being picked or running down cobtracts

Lack of striking options

Lack of confidence

Plus more…

Just want season to end now, get manager in with some young motivated players and start the long rebuilding process.


7.) 05 Apr 2022 11:49:43
Hopefully those players who are ‘underwhelmed’ by the prospect of ETH taking over will be on their way soon. The arrogance of some of our players is breathtaking, as if they deserve to have a say on who should be our next manager. Their attitude is appalling and the ability and character of many players belongs somewhere else.


8.) 05 Apr 2022 18:34:00
Hague another maze reincarnation?

{Ed014's Note - not sure who keeps reincarnating them but he’s persistent! ?‍♂️?


 

 

10 Mar 2022 00:17:13
So ten Hag to get the job then?

Chrism894

1.) 10 Mar 2022 01:25:54
Honestly don't know if Ten Haag is up to the job. All I can judge him on is the way his teams play and to my mind its the true Utd way in that they try to play fast attractive football. He also gives youth a chance and doesn't rely on a big budget.

That said managing Utd is a really different beast to managing all but a very very few elite teams.


2.) 10 Mar 2022 02:57:22
What’s amusing to me is both Poch and Ten Hag are in some ways unproven. Poch can handle a job this size. Given time and actually some decision making he’d probably get PSG winning CL, but is CL really the marker of success? Pep hasn’t won’t CL at city.

For his time at Spurs Poch was great in my opinion.

{Ed014's Note - what’s amusing me is that you say Poch can handle a job this size when you have no idea if he could.

The pressure on each new manager that walks through the door increases 10 fold because you’ve been so abject.

Managing PSG is a nothing job in a one team league with money to burn and he’s instilled nothing in that side, literally nothing.

And is the champions league a marker, are you trying to kid me or yourself.

Your post smacks of how the mighty have fallen, yeah 4th place is ok, yeah we don’t need to win the UCL and yeah let’s get a manager whose a serial loser when it matters most!?‍♂️


3.) 10 Mar 2022 07:42:56
Are you sure he’s not a gooner Ed014.

{Ed014's Note - who knows but you have taken over that mantra from us ?‍♂️

You know the we need 4th to attract players, we’re only 2 players away from challenging, if only we hadn’t dropped points against so and so, we can really see a style developing, who needs Europe anyway, you know, all those things you do now! ?


4.) 10 Mar 2022 13:56:55
Seems weird to call him a serial loser. PSG means nothing to me. Emery failed. Tuchel failed. Poch failed.

Tuchel had a performance much like last nights against us with Ole and some 16 year olds.

People have been asking for Potter it’s not like he’s won trophies. If you ask Spurs fans they’d consider Poch a success I think. It’s Spurs, he got them winning more than anyone else. And by handling a big job I’d just mean can face the media, deal with the structure etc.


5.) 10 Mar 2022 16:41:54
I think any team can win a final on the day. of course Poch was blitzed off the park and arguably Ole failed to adapt to a few changes in extra time when the opposition mixed it up. But for me it's much more about what is going on in the background, the signings the manager sanctions and how the squad gels, that is a mark of the manager early on.
Of course, he needs to win something before long, but my point is (particularly at Utd) there is so much to do and improve before that comes.


 

 

 

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16 Jun 2024 00:11:05
Thanks Ed, hopefully it can move on quick for all parties now.

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10 Jun 2024 04:58:28
Sorry Ed, thank you for the answers on Mauricio Pochettino. It’s just been very stressful as a fan not knowing when we will have an answer.

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09 Jun 2024 17:31:10
Thank you Ed! Do you know if they’ve held talks with Poch?

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29 Jun 2023 16:15:51
Contact inside old trafford ? what’re they doing there mate it’s been empty for near a month now. Have they got food or water? Nobody working at United below Arnold knows a thing, and Garnacho is a professional young kid.

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26 Jun 2023 14:02:19
This is a great explanation and clears up so much for us. Better than I’ve seen anywhere else. If Raine have recommended Sir Jim’s offer, but Qatar is acceptable too. Are there ongoing discussions over the share conversion issue to see if it can be resolved? Or is it just all final from each party and now up to the glazers based on the info from Raine?

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10 Dec 2023 07:15:08
Can’t wait to read a 3,000 word essay from Shappy about the next level tactician Ten Hag is and why today was rashfords fault. It’ll give me my entertainment for the evening.

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09 Apr 2023 18:19:01
Funny definition of excellent. Outside of the goal he was very mediocre again, but when he does it he’s “excellent”, despite constantly having less involvement and poorer contributions than nearly any of our other options.

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29 Mar 2023 23:48:04
Very true. Really tricky situation. It’s hard to understand how a partial sale solves the problem, unless with Elliott it includes repackaging debt at a longer term and doing a cheaper refurbishment than rebuild on stadium. And I don’t see how Elliott opens doors for revenue. Really hope Sir Jim ends up with it as I can see how he could resolve these issues.

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{Ed002's Note - Elliott are Vulture Capitalists and would look to boost the bids of other bidders. They cannot bid on their own.}


 

 

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29 Mar 2023 23:11:54
Cheers for the great info Ed. When you say buyer found, still potential for another besides main 2 of Jassim and Sir Jim (and the odd finnish fella) to crop up?

Chrism894

{Ed002's Note - It could be one of them but no doubt they would listen to a different bidder as well. There are also bigger calculations Chris which need to be understood. What happens to the existing debt? What is the cost of upgrading the stadium and facilities at the training facility? What are the exploitation opportunities to increase revenue? very difficult.}


 

 

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18 Feb 2023 20:54:29
Wild that y’all are getting so sucked into the bluster and PR of the Qataris that Sir Jim as a successful billionaire not jumping on a couch and screaming platitudes and pumping out PR to every rag is viewed as “not caring”.

He’s an old British guy who is calculating, smart, and not some goon. Not sure what people want from him. You want a calm person running the club.

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{Ed014's Note - he doesn’t have as much money though ?‍♂️