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28 Aug 2021 17:18:50
After reading what ed002 has said on the Chelsea page maybe there's still a chance of saul on loan it we be a great way to end the window Ronaldo and saul!


1.) 28 Aug 2021 18:01:28
After reading info from Cheshire, not sure if he’s what we need right now.

2.) 28 Aug 2021 23:14:56
Agreed wallace if he sounds like a bad egg stay away.

3.) 28 Aug 2021 23:14:56
Agreed wallace if he sounds like a bad egg stay away.

4.) 29 Aug 2021 10:34:03
Would not be surprised if we start talks today with Ruben Neves after the game.
We can loan with Mejbri or Elanga too as part of the deal. Elanga to me is ready for PL games.

5.) 29 Aug 2021 11:28:57
Why would we? Neves hasn't been particularly good over the last 18 months.

6.) 29 Aug 2021 12:00:45
Apparently Wolves didn't want Amad on loan because it made little sense to them developing a player for someone else. For this reason to cannot see them going for Elanga or Mejbri.

7.) 29 Aug 2021 15:23:47
Neves was doing really well. I think he is a good player. But in the last 18 mints he lost his regular pace in the wolves team and the Portugal team. So something is amiss. Perhaps he needs a move to reignite a bit like martial.

8.) 29 Aug 2021 16:30:09
I think he just stagnated a little.

To be fair the whole Wolves team did. Traore had a great season that made him look like he was about to become world class and was breaking into the Spanish national team, then last year back to square one.

Connor Coady was poor, as was Podance. Raul Jimenez got injured, Jota and Doherty had left and Neto looked to be carrying the side until his injury.

Neves, Dendoncker and Moutinho all saw their form suffer a dip.

While Nuno didn't quite seem his self.

Neves was a key component in the Wolves side that brushed everyone aside in the Championship, then took the EPL by storm qualifying for Europe.

Unfortunately the whole team seemed to run out of steam along with two key departures and a couple of key players getting injured.

However, even with Neves having a poorer than usual season he was still the only midfielder to make over 60 tackles AND over 60 interceptions. He still made the second most passes of any midfielder into the final third in the EPL, including the most accurate "long passes" of any midfielder in the league last season.

His ability to hit accurate 50-60 yard passes switching play with his first touch is unmatched in the league. If you want to quickly open a team up by playing out from the back then there isn't a better midfielder in the league.

He's the sort of player who does the defensive work you need, but also makes your forward players look better by giving them better passes in more dangerous areas quicker.



24 Aug 2021 11:18:26
Are atletico really willing to let saul move on loan? I'm assuming all wages and there would be a fee plus may have an obligation to buy if true we should be all over it.


{Ed002's Note - They need to get his wages off the books.}

1.) 24 Aug 2021 11:33:10
Cheers Ed hopefully we're trying for a deal.

{Ed002's Note - Right now it is just possible and two other sides are looking at doing something.}

2.) 24 Aug 2021 11:52:58
We're already very bloated in midfield. With Pogba looking to see out his contract and McFred being untouchable, Matic wouldn't have many suitors. I wonder will Van De Beek be released from his shackles?

I don't think Saul would come to sit on the bench.

3.) 24 Aug 2021 12:32:09
Just read an analysis report on Saul fitting in with the Barcelona team. It basically said that he is a jack of all trades, but master of none who would be used as a squad player rather than likely to displace Busquets or De Jong who are special-ists in their roles.

So where would he fit in at United, would Ole drop to one DM of Saul, have Pogba and Bruno as the attaching MF and three up front, maybe Greenwood, Cavani and Sancho, or would he remain with two DM's of McT and Saul with Bruno as the AMF and Pogba, Cavani and Sancho as the front three.

Pure speculation at the moment but an interesting prospect.

4.) 24 Aug 2021 12:49:28
knowing Ole we will spend 60m on him so he can give DVB someone to talk to on the bench.

5.) 24 Aug 2021 12:50:19
On paper he should replace Fred.

6.) 24 Aug 2021 14:43:04
Grim i recently read that he had been used as cm, dm, rb, and rw but saw himself as a deep playing midfielder and wanted to play there thus his wanting to leave.

{Ed077's Note - I think you maybe thinking about Marcos Llorente. He played quite a bit at RB/RWB for Atleti last season. Although he isn't looking for a move away.

BTW Atletico can't afford his wages and bonuses, hence why he wasn't played as much last season. His form and performance were mostly secondary.

For what it's worth I think he is a fabulous player, 2nd best CM in the world behind Kante.

7.) 24 Aug 2021 15:01:18
Ed, is it true that we’ve proposed a loan to to buy deal for Saul?

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea have made a proposal to Atletico but it does not entirely satisfy their needs. Barcelona and Manchester United are both interested but Barcelona need to offer Griezmann and pay half his wages in exchange, or move on Coutinho to free up wages first. Manchester United have spoken with Atletico but it is unclear if they would also be willing to satisfy the needs of Atletico - it will become clear soon.

8.) 24 Aug 2021 15:50:37
Would Atletico be looking for an "obligation" to buy rather than just an option? Is that potentially one of the needs that Chelsea isn't meeting, or more about wages/ loan fee + option price?

{Ed002's Note - They want an obligation to buy on their books.}

9.) 24 Aug 2021 15:03:00
Thanks ed my understanding had been lost in translation lol.

10.) 24 Aug 2021 15:53:32
Ah thank you!

11.) 24 Aug 2021 15:53:56
Do you think the fee would be under 40-45m Euros? I. e. less than Neves?

{Ed002's Note - I don’t know.}

12.) 24 Aug 2021 16:24:47
No worries, thank you Ed, your info on this has been enlightening and clarifying.

13.) 24 Aug 2021 16:35:51
Do they accept that giving Saul a nine year contract might have been a mistake?

{Ed002's Note - it was a contract that had multiple renewals in it.}

14.) 24 Aug 2021 17:38:33
I genuinely think he’ll end up at Chelski due to OGS’ love-in with McFred and insistence that we are sorted in midfield.

However, IF he has both clubs as viable options, you’d have to question whether Chelski would be good for him: Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic all to get past just to get anywhere near the side.

My only hope is that Roma come in for Matic, whilst a VdBeek loan back to Ajax wouldn’t come as a surprise… If those two happened, we’d obviously need one more. But by then, it’ll be too late for Saul.

15.) 24 Aug 2021 17:05:51
Guaranteed renewal as long as conditions were met or unconditional renewal Ed, is that normal practice or was this unusual? Seems a massive commitment from a club, especially if he had a career ending injury.

{Ed002's Note - Any injury would be covered by insurance.}

16.) 24 Aug 2021 20:44:49
Just looked up Player Insurance Ed, they will also include a players yacht as well, different world isn't it.

17.) 25 Aug 2021 01:59:14
I think Ed001 has Yacht insurance on Ed002, incase there is a window ending wordcount injury suffered when reading one of Shappy's posts.

18.) 25 Aug 2021 08:29:32
Dodgy, that's why I always appreciate and thank the Ed's for their hard work, they are after all the only ones who HAVE to read through all my posts😂.

19.) 25 Aug 2021 09:14:06
If we think Saul is the newer then just get it done, for gods sake how hard can it be. take a hit on Lingard, offload Jones for free, offer Matic to Roma, surely there is a way to get this done.

20.) 25 Aug 2021 11:49:12
Downsie you say Saul won’t get in ahead of Kante, Kovacic and Jorginho but surely Saul has got to look at DVB and see a player whos moved for 40m but can’t get a game ahead of a 70y/ o Matic or Fred 😂 not to mention that whether good or not, Utd have 6 or so options at CM.

21.) 25 Aug 2021 13:52:24
Fuser why would he not look at bruno who has walked into the team done well and seen his profile rocket .
The negativity after a draw and obsession with donny is telling .
Negativity is a mind set.

22.) 25 Aug 2021 14:15:41
I think Fuser raises a fair point. Saul is entering his prime years and will expect regular football. Even if we promise him that, the situation with Donny may well cast some doubts in his mind. I’d be very surprised if Donny wasn’t given similar assurances last summer, yet he has barely been given a sniff in the first team.

Saul may think he’s a better player than anyone we currently have on our books in the center of the pitch and see that as an indication that he’d be first choice if he signed, but then most people (probably including Saul himself) think that Donny is better than McFred and that doesn’t seem to have helped his cause one bit.

For whatever reason, the club have treated Donny incredibly badly and have arguably done the same with Pogba when it comes to his many requests to leave. Personally, if I had a choice between two clubs offering the same wages, I’d be looking at this kind of thing when trying to make a decision. Of course, the prospects of winning silverware would also be high on the list, in which case we probably stand no chance if Chelski are serious.



31 Jul 2021 21:21:56
Ed002's Note - I really don’t know where they are but Atletico have been speaking with Manchester United in recent days. }

Post on the Liverpool site about saul, eds response I'm happy with. Hopefully they are actually trying to sort a transfer not just enquiries and hopefully it will mean the end of pogba!


1.) 31 Jul 2021 22:15:22
It really depends who arranged the meeting. Did United seek out Saul or is his agent trying to drum up interest.

2.) 01 Aug 2021 03:13:14
I’m a little surprised Liverpool aren’t pushing harder for Saul. They need him a lot more than we do. That’s not to say our midfield is better or anything, more that Saul would be the perfect GW replacement whereas we’d probably be better off with somebody like Ndidi.

3.) 01 Aug 2021 18:58:32

He would be an excellent addition to our midfield. I think the player needs a change from working under Simeone. I think ED00q me tired awhile back that he has become stifled under Simeone. Perhaps the player wants to move aswell. AM need to balance the books, I was surprised that they gave him such a lucrative contract given the financial uncertainties the C. v has caused.

4.) 02 Aug 2021 02:34:42
Mad Hatter. I’m not saying he wouldn’t be a great signing for us. I just think Liverpool need him more than we do right now.



03 Oct 2020 21:52:59
Ed should we complete a deal for cavani do you expect we would still look for a right sided player? Personally think it's a must the squad is so unbalanced in that right side it causes us a lot of problems.


{Ed002's Note - MU are looking at options.}

1.) 03 Oct 2020 22:02:16
Cheers ed wasn't sure if they were going to rely on greenwood in that position.

I'm hopeful for one of dembele or sarr.

With cavani coming in I guess that spells the end for ighalo.

2.) 03 Oct 2020 22:10:13
Do the options have to be over 30 and a free agent Ed? Only joking.



17 Aug 2020 16:00:35
Hi ed just carrying on from a few days ago when I mentioned Filip Stevanovic it seemed to be a little out of nowhere I was wondering if the deal is progressing or if it was just paper talk?

Also I wondered would he be able to qualify as homegrown for us in the future even if he stayed a year with Partizan?


{Ed002's Note - Nothing is completed. He can quaify as HG if he meets the criteria.}

1.) 17 Aug 2020 16:18:59
Cheers ed good to know something is actually happening I'd imagine no rush if he's remaining on loan with partizan the player seems to have indicated he's keen to join on social media also.

I wasn't sure if the player was purchased and then loaned out that would still qualify as a year trained at man utd. I believe it's 3 years between 18 and 21 with him being 18 in September I wasn't sure if 21 is the last year of training or its before 21.

{Ed002's Note - There are two things to consider and not to confuse:
(1) Home Grown: The EPL squad rules are a max of 25 players over 21, of which a max of 17 can be non-Home Grown. The remaining eight have to be HG (spending 3 years between 16 and 21 with an English or Welsh side, regardless of nationality, e.g. Nathan Ake is Home Grown for the EPL). If there are not enough HG players, then the squad size reduces, so if there are only six, the squad reduces to 23. In terms of UEFA competitions, the rules vary slightly with the eight "HG". A maximum of four of those eight can be trained by other clubs in the English and Welsh association. The remaining have to be club developed and trained. So If Arsenal were to recruit Mason Mount, he would fall in to the category of being association trained (by Chelsea) rather than club trained. Again, if there are not sufficient club trained players the squad size is reduced.

(2) Club developed: In terms of "club developed and trained" means that they have spent at least 12 months with the club before the year of their 19th birthday. As such Ryan Sessegnon is not club developed by Spurs.}

2.) 17 Aug 2020 16:36:22
So he would be home grown but maybe not club developed depending on if a loan counts as time at the club or not. He can also count towards 1 of the 4 home grown in regards to champions league/ Europe. Thanks ed hopefully we can get it over the line seems to be a good prospect.

3.) 17 Aug 2020 16:47:51
HG is never an issue for us.

4.) 17 Aug 2020 17:02:15
I would like to share with you something about this kid. Today I saw his "best actions" tab for the past year in the platform I work. He looks really sharp, knows a good pass and a good cross. Very good technique. I know we may loan him back, but from what I've seen, he looks as a player who can get into our team (looks better player than James) . The only problem with him is that he is played at LW, rarely at RW. Just a note, I haven't seen any videos of him in YouTube. If you want me to chek how's he doing in certain area or movement (like covering, of the ball movement, shooting etc. ) tell me and I'll look how he has done. Looks very, very promising.

5.) 17 Aug 2020 17:08:20
And one more thing, someone said that Ed002 said he is a left footed. Stevanovic is right footed.

6.) 17 Aug 2020 17:41:39
Ziko87, Left footed is another kid in the name of Mohamed Ihattaren.




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25 Nov 2021 09:05:29
Seems like the interim option they prefer from the 5 is ragnick but he would be leaving a job so i'd inagine he wouldn't just leave for 5 months he'd want a guarentee of a job going forwards.
Obviously the permanent choice seems to be poch but psg want zidane to replace him and there are worries he won't join a club mid season.


1.) 25 Nov 2021 09:51:10
Ragnick would be a shrewd appointment for many reasons especially if he is moved upstairs to oversee and restructure…however we don’t want that as we already have a great structure in place apparently, also there’s no way Ed/ Arnold concede power to anyone. Can’t see it happening although it would be nice.

2.) 25 Nov 2021 10:56:29
Well I seem to remember that OGS was only 'on loan' from Molde originally, with the intention that he would return at the end of that first season. Sadly he did quite well, so after providing a minuscule release fee they got him permanently.

3.) 25 Nov 2021 13:47:05
Quite well, Spenno? When did that happen?



23 Nov 2021 12:22:15
More to happen with poch thursday after the champions league games?


1.) 23 Nov 2021 13:20:51
think its only a matter of time, hopefully we get him in before the arsenal game at least so he has a few days to get with the players.

actually looking forward to having a manager and coaching staff that will have a plan and a style of play.

2.) 23 Nov 2021 13:30:55
will our board actually go in all guns blazing and quickly get poch or will they revert to type and try to negotiate the compensation package down.

3.) 23 Nov 2021 13:43:06
Ed002 i know youve said poch is favorite and you would expect us to stick with carrick/ fletcher until summer, then go for him. Do you think there's an opportunity to get him in before then? Journalists seem to think there is.

{Ed002's Note - That is not what I said. I said the would likely get a few weeks to see how they do.}

4.) 23 Nov 2021 15:14:15
Ok ed no worries hopefully we'll have a permanent manager or a good idea about one after this round of champions league fixtures.

5.) 23 Nov 2021 18:42:20
If it is Poch, can’t see it happening until their winter break at the earliest.



31 Aug 2021 10:42:27
Cavani to barca!?


1.) 31 Aug 2021 10:55:06
Haven't they already got Aguero, Greizemann, Dembele, Fati and Depay?

2.) 31 Aug 2021 10:56:43
Just read that. Would make sense tbf maybe if we can get Jesse out too we could squeeze a CDM. We can but dream.

3.) 31 Aug 2021 10:59:05
Getting rid of Cavani ahead of Martial is completely ridiculous, if true.

4.) 31 Aug 2021 11:22:00
I’d rather keep Cavani above martial but it might just be that the Cavani move is easier to do, nobody wants martial currently and I’d say Cavani isn’t too happy about the internationals situation.

5.) 31 Aug 2021 12:05:45
How does it make sense? Barcelona struggling financially aren't they?

6.) 31 Aug 2021 12:58:41
Keep Cavani, he can play for Uruguay and isolate when back. We have Greenwood and Ronaldo for the number 9, Martial if we are desperate and also Shoretire or Elanga.



30 Aug 2021 22:10:19
Renato sanches to wolves maybe to replace Ruben neves? We can only hope.


1.) 30 Aug 2021 22:20:41
Assume its to partner him as its not really a like for like replacement.



26 Aug 2021 21:15:42
Transfers happen and players move but for me it would be a very bad look for Man United for Ronaldo to join city and do absolutely nothing.

Also I've read that cavani plans on playing for Uruguay during the international break regardless of when the premier league have announced which would mean another 2 weeks in quarantine meaning he could miss up to 8 games. and that's just with the September/ October Internationals.


1.) 26 Aug 2021 21:39:09
Greenwood, rashford, sancho it is then. Also if that’s the case I wouldn’t loan amad as we may well need him.

2.) 26 Aug 2021 23:04:22
Why we must be ready to welcome him back with open arms whenever he wants to come? For me is a big no to Ronaldo. I would do with a top midfielder.

3.) 26 Aug 2021 23:19:43
Just when you thought the club were going forward.

If cavani refuses and ends up going we should just release him.

Its like we take 1 step forward and 10 steps back.

To not even try and get ronaldo is stupid. He is miles better than martial who should have been sold.

City will walk the prem not that we had a chance with the clueless one anyway.




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22 Nov 2021 22:27:19
Honest if bruce is put in as interim we might as well just give up now. Were man united he's just been sacked by newcastle for being awful why is this even a question if you thought rivals singing oles at the wheel was bad imagine what they say if we appoint bruce. Newcastle forced greame jones on him late last year because his training was awful as were his tactics.




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21 Nov 2021 12:03:29
The idea is he comes in as manager then moves into direcror of football ed. i know i know we already have one but the club needs people from outside to fix the problems as those inside don't know how. i'm not sure but its sounds a good idea, i also think van der sar would be the best choice for ceo to replace woodward but don't known if ragnick and edwin would work well together.


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06 Nov 2021 23:13:06
Nothing much will change until those making decisions are sorted out we have the perfect opportunity at the moment with woodward leaving to get our house in order but i worry they will either prolong his tenure or appoint someone from within and nothing will change.




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19 Oct 2021 12:51:10
Shappy that is exactly what would happen with southgate it would happen so much quicker than it has with ole as well as fans won't have hope he'll turn it around he'd have to hit the ground running and win from the start and he isn't the man for that. The first 2 points are the ones in most interested in now I've had enough of managers who are "winners" and have "a winning mentality" i just want us to play some decent football it feels like we are a few months to going back to where we were before solskjaer i think the main cause of a lot of issues around the club is the whole pogba issue. No one has taken control of the situation and moved him on signed him up or stopped himplaying/ having such and influence on the team. he's on so much money he's got 8 months left on his deal and he's often at fault not because he's done something wrong just because he isn't trying hard enough. he's still never dropped and they apprently have offered him a bigger contract its an awful example to set, but no one at the club has taken control of the situation and i feel its gone through the team. Its the club an staffs problem as they have just let the situation fester rather than dealing with it, they need to speak to psg/ madrid try and get 5/ 10m in january but i doubt they will.




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19 Oct 2021 10:51:55
Honest to god i can't see why people would swap ole for southgate. Southgate has shown nothing to say he would be any different to ole, except he doesn't have a connection to the club. He pulled 2 players off a bench with a minute to play to try win pens at the euros and he bottled it to lose to croatia at the world cup (and england had the easiest path to a final they'll ever have) like ole against villareal, also his football is just as bad with better options.





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25 Nov 2021 16:38:58
Apparently he will have some level of control over things in his "consultancy" role sounds more like he's the boss for mourtagh and fletcher to learn from.




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23 Nov 2021 15:14:15
Ok ed no worries hopefully we'll have a permanent manager or a good idea about one after this round of champions league fixtures.




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23 Nov 2021 13:43:06
Ed002 i know youve said poch is favorite and you would expect us to stick with carrick/ fletcher until summer, then go for him. Do you think there's an opportunity to get him in before then? Journalists seem to think there is.


{Ed002's Note - That is not what I said. I said the would likely get a few weeks to see how they do.}



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20 Nov 2021 21:36:41
Surely the sensible option would be an interim manager for the remainder of the season, then get a external ceo and new director of football to fix the way the club is being run and allow them to pick their own manager? The people in the club currently have shown they don't know how to fix the issues.


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20 Nov 2021 21:30:00
Absolute bollocks embarrassing was what happened on the pitch trying to take some responsibility for it off isn't embarrassing. But let's be honest if they play well or we win we don't really give a toss what they do once the games over.

I just hope we see that the clubs being run badly and see that with ed woodward leaving its the perfect chance to address everything new ceo (i pray not richard arnold who would probably copy the woodward handbook), i'd get an interim coach get ceo dof and coach lined up for the summer. My choice i'd have either 2 or 3 from ajax.