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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.



14 Aug 2020 16:47:10
Serbian newspaper Repulika says we've agreed a deal for Filip Stevanovic which will mean him staying another year with Partizan before joining us next season.

Don't know much about him but I think I saw on the Liverpool site ed002 said he was one for the future so if true could be a good deal if true.


{Ed002's Note - That would be a fabulous buy. Filip Stevanovic (AM/LW) Partizan Belgrade kiddie who has been watched by Nice, Spurs, Borussia Dortmund, Torino, Liverpool, Lazio, Atlanta, Herta Berlin, Werder Bremen and Southampton. And I suspect others. Nice are working on a deal to take him in the summer – don’t lose sight of him.}

1.) 14 Aug 2020 17:21:37
Good post brooks. Cheers fella, not come across anything til this.

2.) 14 Aug 2020 17:23:24
Cheers ed! Hopefully true then!

3.) 14 Aug 2020 20:31:54
Brooks I’ve just saw sports witness post an article where the Partizan Vice President said we were negotiating with them. I’m not sure if we signed him that we could loan him back though as he isn’t 18 yet?

{Ed002's Note - That would not be a problem.}

4.) 14 Aug 2020 21:00:48
ED002 is his potential that good that then. Not often you have used the word Fabulous buy, unless your being sarcastic at all?

{Ed002's Note - He gets the thumb of niftiness. He has enormous potental.}

5.) 14 Aug 2020 22:01:54
Thats good then ED002. i'm surprised we have this transfer off. Did Utd offer him an extortionate amount of money?

{Ed002's Note - I really don’t know.}

6.) 14 Aug 2020 22:01:54
Thats good then ED002. i'm surprised we have this transfer off. Did Utd offer him an extortionate amount of money?

7.) 14 Aug 2020 22:47:54
We are still Man Utd. I’d leave Belgrade occasionally to play for us!

8.) 14 Aug 2020 22:48:14
United apparently have signed him and he's being loaned back for the season.

9.) 14 Aug 2020 22:52:48
Know nothing of him. Is He RW, LW, forward?

{Ed002's Note - RW/AM.}

10.) 14 Aug 2020 22:58:22
Thanks Ed.

11.) 14 Aug 2020 23:25:24
This transfer is over? Because some says otherwise.

12.) 15 Aug 2020 00:30:05
If he’s RW then maybe we will patch that ‘san how role for another season and bring him in then?

13.) 15 Aug 2020 07:12:59
Ed002 is he a LW or RW? You've posted both in different posts.

{Ed002's Note - He is used mailnly on the LW.}

14.) 15 Aug 2020 10:33:33
Player has commented on his Instagram with a picture of him at old Trafford and the side eyes wether he's confused by or confirming rumours I wouldn't know.

Might be some legs in it after all!



30 Jul 2020 14:24:51
Seen us linked with Ryan Ait-Nouri not sure left back is a position we desperately need to improve is there any interest ed?


{Ed002's Note - There is interest in him from elsewhere and he is very well thought of - but not MU at this time as far as I know.}

1.) 30 Jul 2020 15:00:02
I've heard good things ed as I said didn't expect us to be going for a left back thanks for the info.



05 Jul 2020 12:43:12
Ed you mentioned facundo pellistri a while back for right wing I've seen an article from andy mitten a journalist well connected to United saying he's a player were looking at and taking advice potentially from Diego Forlan who's currently the players coach do you still think he could be an option for us?


{Ed002's Note - I do think he is an option. Facundo Pellistri (RW) Newcastle, Maritimo, Manchester United and Oviedo have all looked Pellistri but a Work Permit would likely be difficult to obtain in England unless paying over the odds.}

1.) 05 Jul 2020 21:30:53
Would buying him and loaning him out be an option for him and us?

{Ed002's Note - The preferred destination will be Spain and he will be offered around there.}



09 Jun 2020 18:16:42
Hi ed I've seen a few reports in Italy linking us with a move for Chiesa I know you've said we have had interest in the past and he would be a cheaper option to Sancho do you know of anything new?


{Ed002's Note - Only that Fiorentina have agreed he can leave if they get the right deal.}




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10 Aug 2020 10:01:23
There's only one transfer being talked about at the moment apparently Dortmund have set today as a "deadline" for the deal and will comment about it at 3:30 today. Ed do you expect us to move onto other targets or are we still putting our eggs in the Sancho basket?


{Ed002's Note - I would expect Manchester United to look to someone else if they cannot agree the transfer of Sancho.}

1.) 10 Aug 2020 10:19:22
Cheers ed it might mean we improve a few more positions in the squad if we went for someone cheaper like Chiesa instead so there may be positives.

Are there any other players the club are currently working on we should keep an eye on ed or are they still focusing mainly on trying to secure Sancho?

{Ed002's Note - They are not going to be doing anything with an alternative whilst the Sancho situation is unresolved.}

2.) 10 Aug 2020 10:27:13
I guess we’ll know soon enough.

It’s difficult to say whether they’re bluffing or not. Certainly if they’re able to convince him to sign an improved deal there’s seemingly no reason for them to sell below what they value him at this summer.

3.) 10 Aug 2020 10:32:57
There’s my worry. That we waste the whole summer on this one deal, only for it not to happen and for us to miss out on others. We are so amateurish In our negotiating and yet again it seems as if we think if we wait long enough we can haggle the price down. Unless sancho strikes (he won’t) then why would Dortmund take less? We have a number of areas to address and by previous windows we can only do 1 deal at a time so this saga is worrying. Today may not be a firm deadline but maybe it should be.

4.) 10 Aug 2020 10:42:08
If united pay what Dortmund want they he joins. Regardless of any deadline set by them. The October deadline is the only one that really matters.

5.) 10 Aug 2020 11:14:55
Think Dortmund give the player higher wages if he stays but the length of contract stays the same (lewandowski) - correct me if i'm wrong.
Is it like a bonus for not kicking up a fuss and pushing for a move?

{Ed002's Note - No, not at all.}

6.) 10 Aug 2020 12:16:43
Had to laugh, . Eagle eyed united supporters think they have a sancho update, watching a training session yesterday lip reading fans are convinced ole is saying to matic
More cash.
Its sorted.
Fingers crossed lol 😂.

7.) 10 Aug 2020 12:29:37
Haha. Saw that earlier Scoob. Would love it to be true, but if a deal had been agreed I doubt Sancho would have flown out to Switzerland today for Dortmunds training camp - especially as he was in the UK yesterday.

8.) 10 Aug 2020 12:45:01
Ole was on about extending his own contract.

9.) 10 Aug 2020 15:57:52
ED002 in regards to the reported "10th August deadline" that Dortmund have reportedly set, do you know if there is any truth in that.

I understand that in an ideal world, all incoming/ outgoing transfer would be complete before pre season commences, excluding the impact. of C.V.

{Ed002's Note - They are starting their preseason today which was the driver.}

10.) 10 Aug 2020 16:32:05
Have the Sancho alternatives been discussed on the site?

{Ed047's Note - yes Eric, it’s either Sancho or Sancho 😉

11.) 10 Aug 2020 16:58:12
Chiesa would be a good alternative, would imagine he's been mentioned.

12.) 10 Aug 2020 17:06:57
I don’t expect either Sancho to join Ed 🤪.

{Ed047's Note - 🤣🤣 me neither mate

13.) 11 Aug 2020 00:21:55
Ed002 just out of interest; is there any room for negotiation for Sancho? For example if Dortmund say the price is 100 million, is there anything clever Utd can do to reduce the price to say £80 million?

Does extending the timescale of the negotiation or apparently looking at alternatives affect the price or are Utd's amateurs just kidding themselves?

{Ed002's Note - Dortmund are of the opinion there time is being wasted.}



07 Jul 2020 20:58:04
Quick question don't know if one of the eds or posters can answer, after watching the Chelsea game shouldn't the referee be stopping play when Cahill goes down? Doesn't the ref stop play now for injuries rather than teams having to constantly put the ball out when players fling themselves to the floor.

Personally I felt like willian had plenty of time tomput the ba.


{Ed001's Note - that's a good point, it is not up to the players to put the ball out, it is up to the ref if he thinks it is a bad injury. Players often put it out anyway if it is obvious but it is supposed to be the ref's job to stop play.}

1.) 07 Jul 2020 21:47:57
I thought it was up to the ref. he should definitely have called it and I think I would have been a bigger talking point had there been fans I don't actually think it would have happened had there been fans.

Whilst I can understand people saying willian isn't going to stop I still think there's enough time lapsed between the 2 events (injury and cross) that he knew Cahill was injured and should have put it out but that's a personal opinion.

2.) 07 Jul 2020 21:52:13
I thought it was down to the Ref, but they need to deem it a "serious" injury such as a head injury or suspected cardiac arrest. Not for pulled muscles or bruises.

Otherwise some players would go down "injured" every time another side broke against them. cough cough City.

In a similar way to how some teams like to make "tactical" fouls to stop counter attacks against them.

3.) 07 Jul 2020 22:28:20
He was ready to get a block in or make it difficult and it completely takes him out of the game. you shouldn't get such a big advantage from an injury as this it definitely should have been stopped.

Had he been the striker and nowhere near the play yeah that's fine play on, but he's the defender who's needed to make the challenge.

4.) 07 Jul 2020 22:41:35
Its about time someone scored like that. Putting the ball out is bull. If i was a manager i'd tell the press and rest of the league we won't be putting ball out of play for anyone and we don't expect to have it put out for us.
If any player put it out i'd fine them. Its a load of old crap tbh.

5.) 07 Jul 2020 22:52:59
Agree Ken. Its just bad luck for Palace but it would make it impossible for referees if they had to assess whether an injury was serious enough to stop the game every time a player went down. Unless there is an head injury or something really obviously terribly serious play should continue.

6.) 07 Jul 2020 22:54:40
The player not putting the ball out is choice the ref however should be stopping play.

7.) 07 Jul 2020 23:20:56
No he shouldn't dbrooks. He should stop it if its a head injury only.
Nobody dies of a knock on the shin.
How many times after putting the bsll out does the injured player ever have to be substituted. If he's not dying play ball.

8.) 07 Jul 2020 23:42:45
I think the correct decision was made not to stop it for the reasons stated above. The only thing about this one is that clearly Cahill is not faking the injury to gain an advantage, he would have got to the ball first if his hamstring didn’t go, so the ref probably could have stopped it based on that. He was correct not to though and it is just very unlucky and one of them things.

9.) 08 Jul 2020 03:04:02
I think there needs to be a change to the rules regarding when the physio is allowed on the pitch. If it is a head injury, then the ref should stop play, but if it is just a knock, then the ref should allow play to continue but the physio should be allowed to treat the player on the pitch, much like rugby, and while the player is treated, that player doesn’t count with regards to offsides, and isn’t allowed to play until the ball next goes out. It would allow players to receive treatment immediately no matter the injury, and I think it would stop players feigning injury, at least to some extent, since it would leave their team a player short, for what could be an extended period.

10.) 08 Jul 2020 08:13:55

Totally agree. Feigning injury has become a time wasting art, the fans boo to stop play when the team are in trouble. Game should only be stopped for head or serious injuries.

I would go further and put an off field timekeeper in place, maybe even stop the stadium clock so this time wasting, rolling around is seen not to gain anything and by the physio coming on, without stopping the game, they put their own team at a disadvantage.

11.) 08 Jul 2020 10:18:28
I've been wondering for a while whether football could consider going down the American football route and be allowed to have rolling subs.

That way the game doesn't have to stop at all for an injury. An injured player goes straight off and a sub just comes on. If the injured player is fit enough to continue after receiving treatment then they can come back on.

12.) 08 Jul 2020 10:51:55
Red Man,

Having a clock that stops solves so many problems in football and would help the game to be fairer and more exciting. So many times I spend 10 minutes of the game at OT watching the goalkeeper walk along his line to take a goal kick over and over and the ref does nothing about it. If the clock was stopped he can take all day, all it is doing is giving us a rest before we attack again.

So many of the games since lockdown have had 3 minutes added on at the end. Bearing in mind almost every game before had at least 3 minutes and we are now stopping for over a minute for a drinks break and have extra substitutes you’d expect every game to be at least 4 minutes, probably 5. It is crazy how they just make this figure up.

13.) 08 Jul 2020 11:50:34
A stop clock is a good idea, maybe have 40 minute halves and the clock is only rolling when the ball is in play. you don't need extra time then.

However, that might have consequences on how football is played. Possession would become the key form of defending which in turn will further the gap between the top sides and the bottom sides as they will have lost a tactic that levels the playing field. It will mean the side with the best players will win more often than they do now.



12 May 2020 13:07:02
Ed if the season were to end and standings as they are now taken for Europe what would happen with city's spot in the champions league. would it go to 5th (united) or would they be allowed to compete, as they have lodged their appeal. I understand if you don't want to get into it at the moment.


{Ed002's Note - There is no appeal date - all dates were scheduled through to August and of course they are on hold, so the appeal may not be heard for a long time. If Manchester City want to have the punishment put on hold pending the appeal then they have to submit that request in writing to UEFA and copy it to CAS. They have not done that at this time because there is no immediate need.}

1.) 12 May 2020 14:20:29
Thanks ed.

2.) 12 May 2020 19:36:50
I know you don’t like guess work 002, but in any hypothetical instance would united be given the champions league spot over city?

{Ed002's Note - So you want something that Manchester United are not good enough to earn by their own efforts? Who would be giving this gift?}

3.) 12 May 2020 21:52:15
Would, with everything going on and delayed, there be a chance by the time City appeal it the CL season will have already started?

{Ed002's Note - Yes, even before all of this happened it was not in the listings through the end of August.}

4.) 13 May 2020 00:16:34
Not good enough to earn on our own.
Season isn't over yet.

5.) 13 May 2020 00:51:04
I agree with you ed we at this point don’t deserve it. I was more curious as to what would have to happen for city’s ban to stick. Would absolutely be a gift! Hope you’re keeping well anyway and thanks for the continued wisdom peppered into the dry humour 😘.



15 Nov 2018 17:09:09
So who's going to be sponsoring VAR? got to be an electronics company right?


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4.) 15 Nov 2018 20:53:57
Abu dhabi.



09 Oct 2018 14:40:24
With Monaco potentially sacking Louis litt (Jardim) would he be an option to replace mourinho should he leave?


1.) 09 Oct 2018 15:24:45
Would love jardim I think he’s a very good manager. Near on impossible job with his best players being sold every year for big profits. He beat PSG to the title a few years ago so has trophy credentials.

2.) 09 Oct 2018 15:34:27
wouldnt mind seeing the 4-4-2 formation at old trafford.

3.) 09 Oct 2018 15:23:51
Any of the Ed's know if Jardim is getting sacked? And i think he would be an excellent replacement, makes sense especially if Monaco get rid of him as French media is reporting. But we'd need a DOF if he was to come in.

{Ed002's Note - You are on the wrong page, this is the Manchester United page.}

4.) 10 Oct 2018 08:22:31
I’d like him so that when he turns out useless you lot will stop banging on about him.

5.) 10 Oct 2018 15:06:25
You're that sure FZZ? Stupidest thing i've ever seen on this page, want a possible manager to fail at the club so we stop banging on about him, makes sense.

6.) 10 Oct 2018 17:51:10
I would love to see the Prem get Lit Up!

7.) 10 Oct 2018 18:27:54
Think you missed the point scholes as usual. And ill spell it out for you, he's over rated. There you go.

He has won nothing, and his current side sit 18th in the table. You think we are going to go for a manager like this?

8.) 10 Oct 2018 19:26:02
Think you need to look up jardim again FZZ. He won Ligue 1 2 years ago. Against the financial might of PSG that was an incredible experience. He also knocked out pep’s city in the champions league and reached the semis. He is a very talented young manager. Is it a risk to appoint him on the back of a poor season? Sure. But we’ve been down the experienced route of a manager with trophy credentials. Jardim would most probably get more out of the attacking player. One final point, Klopp in his final season almost got Dortmund relegated. Yet he walked into the Liverpool job and has done a very good job since being there. I doubt Liverpool had reservations that Klopp was a poor manager because of 1 poor season. Let’s not be a prisoner of the moment and forget about the good that jardim has done. Jardim is very highly rated and would be a great fit for united, provided he has a good director of football to work with.

9.) 10 Oct 2018 21:26:06

Yes he won against the "might" of PSG that just got played off the park by Liverpool. Liverpool are in the same league as little and lonely Leicester.
Let me ask you who had the better achievement, Ranieri or Jardim? Shall we go for Claudio as well?

They beat city on away goals drew 6-6. Klopp finished 7th Park, no achievement no, but its not close to being relegated.

10.) 10 Oct 2018 22:25:10
FZZ compare the financial backing of Monaco and PSG. There front three alone costs more than monaco’s Whole squad. Liverpool as well are on a different level in terms of stature of club than Monaco. Not sure how you can even compare the two. It’s apples and oranges really. Just a bit of snobbery tbh looking down on winning the French league with a team that is not PSG.

And of course I don’t want Ranieri, nor am I taking away from him his miracle of a title win at Leicester. I’m not basing my opinion on jardim purely winning the league. There is so much more to him which makes him an attractive fit for united. He plays attractive football and has a track record of developing young talent (James, Bernardo Silva, martial, mbappe, Mendy and so on) . Is this not in keeping with the traditions of our club? Do we not aim to promote from within and develop potential into work class talent? Jardim ticks a lot of boxes for the sort of manager we should be employing at our club. He is young enough to imprint his philosophy on the club as well as to grow and be moulded by the values and traditions of united. Yes he has had a poor season this year, but I seem to remember we hired a certain manager off the back of a terrible season. Not sure why the idea of jardim is so outrageous to you.

11.) 11 Oct 2018 01:08:12
Says i've missed the point but goes on to say he's won nothing. Brilliant.




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14 Sep 2020 23:31:59
I don't get how 20m is over pricing the best defence in serie a last season. really? Your going to go off his good season last year rather than the 8/ 9 mediocre ones he's had with us before that?

Forget what other clubs do with us this is about smallings transfer and smallings transfer only. plus other clubs know we'll eventually pay up not everyone is as stupid as us.




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29 Aug 2020 19:45:17
Based on what ed002 has said we were talking to grealish but the value would be high. perhaps too high, the alternate was James Rodriguez looks almost done to Everton with a manager he knows.

You then look at van de beek who ed said wasn't quite what we were after (not left sided) but we might look to him anyway or ed also said we had been speaking with paratici recently perhaps somethings happened with pogba? . or Donny's off to Barcelona at the request of koeman.




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26 Aug 2020 13:49:52
Talks now of a reported €25m bid rejected for him.




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22 Aug 2020 11:30:55
So we buy an older problem player and fund Juve's purchase of a young upcoming player would be an abysmal decision to sign Costa for me.




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19 Aug 2020 18:15:33
Am I and dembele an option to Sancho ed?

I've been thinking it might be a good idea for us to walk away from sancho as clubs and players/ agents are starting to get the idea that if they just wait eventually we'll pony up the dough.


{Ed002's Note - Or Douglas Costa.}




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16 Sep 2020 19:47:01
I find it horrifying you expect Lamborghini to go without aubameyangs custom order this year ed! Just for a couple of hundred people's livihoods and wellbeing during a C.V. pfft.




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15 Sep 2020 13:53:28
He's top draw when fit.

He's never fit because he gets constant muscle injuries and rather than resting and letting them heal he goes out playing golf lengthening the injury or making it worse. Yes they have hobbies but when when it affects wether you can play it's unprofessional.

Madrid haven't treated him badly he's been unprofessional not taking club advice about how to get fit bale has not learnt the language properly making it more difficult to settle and doesn't listen to what the club want him to do.

Only positive might be it rains so much in the north west he won't be able to. play golf too often and don't forget we'd be able to get ourselves a premier golf brand as our official golf aponsor.




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14 Sep 2020 23:28:41
Stop gap for what? We just about got champions league football this year if we don't strengthen the team properly this year we might not be able to get players of good enough quality next I'm not saying blow all out money on Sancho but surely there is a reasonably priced young alternative that we've scouted we can't just have expected Dortmund to give us him? Chiesa, pellistri, even ousmane dembele (loan with option) are better then the above.




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10 Sep 2020 10:28:06
Ed has said we'll know by the end of the month. Player is 17 so cannot transfer to Europe before he turns 18 which means a loan back to partizan could not be completed until after that date either I think this one might already be done.




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10 Aug 2020 10:19:22
Cheers ed it might mean we improve a few more positions in the squad if we went for someone cheaper like Chiesa instead so there may be positives.

Are there any other players the club are currently working on we should keep an eye on ed or are they still focusing mainly on trying to secure Sancho?


{Ed002's Note - They are not going to be doing anything with an alternative whilst the Sancho situation is unresolved.}