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19 Dec 2020 09:39:40
Hi Ed 002, hope you’re well. Are you able to confirm if Amad Diallo’s work permit/ passport issues have been resolved? Also would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to you and all the Eds for the wonderful work you’ve done for this site, especially during this tough year. Merry Xmas and hoping 2021 is a good one.

Doc SK

{Ed002's Note - I understand it was resolved on Thursday.}


1.) 20 Dec 2020 17:29:19
Thanks Ed. Hope you are safe and well. Do you think Diallo will be ready for the first team or will MU adopt a similar approach to Pellestri and mainly play him in U23s?

{Ed002's Note - I would doubt he would be ready just yet.}


2.) 22 Dec 2020 12:19:31
The club will have Mata/ Diallo/ Pellistri/ a new right-winger at flanks in January and a new DM, Matic or / and Fred, McTominay, VDB, Puigmal, B. Fernandes in CM then Pogba swoop deal with SA giants Juventus with non comment which player it is!


 

 

22 Jan 2018 11:07:30
Eds with the Bilbao keeper signing a new contract, does that mean Real Madrid will make another attempt to sign De Gea in the summer?

Doc SK

{Ed002's Note - Real Madid want two "high-end" goalkeepers and were looking to Kepa to be pusing their first choice. They have an alternative in mind for Kepa but have never taken their eye off adding a true first choice - which may ne DDG or someone else.}


1.) 22 Jan 2018 12:44:42
Thanks for the reply Ed. Are MUFC planning to offer DDG a new contract?

{Ed002's Note - I have zero interests in contracts. Sorry.}


2.) 22 Jan 2018 12:55:42
I could see them going for Donnaruma.

{Ed002's Note - That is not their intention at all.}


3.) 22 Jan 2018 15:51:23
Courtois.


4.) 22 Jan 2018 21:09:36
Forgot about him.


5.) 22 Jan 2018 20:56:57
No probs Ed, thanks again.


 

 

25 Aug 2014 12:48:09
Eds, do you know of any interest from MU in James McCarthy?

Thanks.

Doc SK

{Ed002's Note - Nope.}


1.) We should hoping for world class talent not just common talent. Even Cleverly is good talented player just not world class talent. I hope we will sign Vidal. If not better we wait for strootman or De jong before we can participate in UCL.


 

 

12 Jan 2014 10:06:49
Eds, any truth that we put in a late bid for Daehli and tried to invoke a buy back clause but he refused to come back as he wanted to play for OGS at Cardiff?

Doc SK

{Ed002's Note - Sort of.}


1.) Thanks Ed. Will be interesting to see how he gets on at Cardiff.


2.) 13 Jan 2014 20:05:23
Why would you go to Cardiff instead of Manchester United


3.) Probably playing time, hope he and ole do well


4.) No chance we were back in for him just talk but good luck in Cardiff he will need it to beat the drop


5.) Daehli will do great. Always liked him, brilliant talent and the closest in terms of style to Iniesta that I've seen. I think he'll be a top top player.


 

 

11 Jan 2014 20:27:28
Eds. Any truth that we put a late bid in for Daehli?

Doc SK

{Ed002's Note - There was a question asked about invoking a clause in his contract but the kid had no interest.}


 

 

 

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04 Nov 2020 22:57:09
Hi Ed001, we discussed about OGS a month or so ago after the Spurs game. Think you basically said the next few games would tell us about his leadership skills and if he and the coaching staff would step up to the challenge. Is it fair to say that it’s pretty much game over for him now? False dawn after the PSG/ Leipzig games?
I genuinely can’t see how he can turn this around now.

Doc SK

{Ed001's Note - I don't understand how it was a false dawn? Those two games were the exact same pattern repeating of picking up good results against teams that come to play by hitting them on the counter. Nothing has changed, he hasn't improved tactically, he is still no leader and his coaching staff are not leading either. The first goal yesterday is the most obvious symptom of a lack of leadership from the bench I have ever seen. Ba is in acres, Phelan has spotted it and is pointing at him but the bench aren't all jumping up and screaming at the players about it. A complete lack of organisation, which is the coaching staff's job, to organise the team. It has been clear for a long time that you have the wrong man in the job, about 3 years before you appointed him really it was clear. The writing has been on the wall since his first season, I just don't understand what more proof the board need that Ole is out of his depth than yesterday?}


1.) 05 Nov 2020 05:23:42
Thanks for the honesty, Tris. Sadly however much I want it to work out, he has to go. Think Everton will rip us a new one on Saturday.

So realistically who do we go for now? I know you’re not a fan of Poch but this club is such a shambles, I really don’t know what they’re thinking. Have no idea when this sh*t show of terrible recruiting and bad organisation will end. The board/ whoever’s running things surely have to see what a laughing stick we’ve become especially now C.V. has hit us hard in the pocket.

{Ed001's Note - you are a bit of a mess from top to bottom, but a top class coach should at least be able to get more from the team. I am not a fan of Poch, but a lot of his problems are recruitment-based, as he obsesses over physical aspects. As the coach of United he would not have as much of a say over recruitment as he had at Southampton and Spurs, so not the worst appointment for you.}


2.) 05 Nov 2020 06:31:56
Thanks Tris. Do you know if there’s been any contact with Poch?

{Ed001's Note - not off the top of my head, no. Sorry.}


3.) 05 Nov 2020 06:33:57
Ed001

It didn’t happen even at the level I played at and that first goal showed everything that is wrong. The manager one of the coaches, players on the sidelines would have been screaming to get someone back. There is no excuse of not being able to hear people shouting. Ole will have been sat there with the usual straight face not doing anything.

The simple fact that some miss is that Ole is accountable for that, as the boss you are accountable and that on its own waves the biggest red flag about incompetence. If he hasn’t gone this morning then Woodward and co are more sentimental than even I thought possible.

{Ed001's Note - I can't believe it, just how quiet your bench were throughout the game. When I watched the Liverpool game the previous night, even at 5-0 Klopp was in their ears give them pelters if they fell asleep. You can't tell me Ole didn't see it, so why on earth was he not straight off the bench screaming at them?? Communication is the most important part of leadership, if you want to organise people well, then you have to give them clear instructions to follow and, if necessary, get in their ear. It is really not difficult, though he is making it look like it is!

I have honestly never seen such a sloppy piece of defending as that last night for the first goal. The second one was bad, but the first was the worst I have ever seen. You expect those kind of breakaways when you are losing by one goal in the dying minutes of a game and you have thrown everyone forward in a desperate attempt to score. But it was early in the first half! It was just unreal.}


 

 

07 Oct 2020 08:53:46
*doing (sorry pressed send too early! )

Doc SK

{Ed001's Note - the academy is and youth set up is fine, it is very good, with some excellent coaches, methods and scouts. The issue is that once they start looking at the future after the youth team there is a problem. Unless they are slotting straight into the first team, then there is little plan of action for their future. United are not alone in this. There needs to be more thought and something done in terms of staff to work with them at the late teenage stage. They need more individual mentoring, if they are not jumping straight into the team. Someone who can keep them motivated and ensure that loan moves are the correct ones, liaise between them and the clubs and also speak up on their behalf when the club has it wrong. It is probably the most difficult area for any club to deal with, as the investment can often outweigh perceived returns.}


1.) 07 Oct 2020 14:44:13
Not sure if its true or not but I read and heard recently in a podcast that despite a few off field problems (! ) Nicky Butt is held in very high regard and has been viewed as being given more responsibility within the club. As I say, no idea if that's true.


2.) 07 Oct 2020 15:24:50
I think there are a couple of issues with bridging that gap between the academy and the first team.

Firstly, we have too many squad players. How are lads like Mengi supposed to get a game when we have players like Jones and Rojo ahead of them. We have just sold Smalling which is good. Leaving Maguire, Lindelof, Bailly and Tuanzebe along with Jones and Rojo.

Then we have players like Lingard and Andreas Pereira who played 60+ games between them last year. Yet players like Garner and Levitt hardly got a look in.

If we want these youngsters to make it we need to make space in our squad for them. We have something like 32/ 33 first team players. That should be closer to 20/ 22 out field players. With the best of the young players stepping up and playing with the first team on a more regular basis.

Some will step up seemlessly such as Williams and Greenwood. Others might struggle and need a loan at a lower level to bridge the gap. We need a top class loan network. Working with teams that we can loan players out too and they can get the minutes they need at a higher level than the under 23's league.

We used to believe if you're good enough then your old enough. Look at Dortmund, Sancho, Reyna and now Bellingham all playing regular first team minutes as 17/ 18 year olds.

But you'll never know if they are good enough unless you give them a chance.

I read about club's on the continent using a buddy system where they pair up kids in the academy with senior players for them to take them under their wing, help mentor them in how to deal with being in the first team. It helped both the kids and the mentors as it gave them a chance to reflect on things and kept them grounded. No idea if it's a system used here often, but certificate something to look into.

Personally with transfers fees going the way they are it make much more sense to invest heavily in your academy. Get the best coaches, use the best methods, the best education, the best equipment, keep looking for new and better ways to do things. You could spend 50m on a player like Fred, or you could invest 50m in your academy and produce 3, 4 or 5 Mason Greenwood's.

I know what I'd be doing.


3.) 07 Oct 2020 14:59:54
Wow, interesting insight Ed. Would this be the ideal position for some of the retired players who still want to serve the club in other capacities?

{Ed001's Note - that is exactly what I was thinking of. They could be so much more than mere ambassadors. These are children we are talking about and they are going to do silly things and make mistakes. What they need is someone they look up to who can be there to guide them in the right direction and that they know will stand up for them when they need it. Not many will make it at United, but you could put United in a position where clubs come from all over the world to try and sign the ones that don't if you play it right.}


4.) 08 Oct 2020 03:21:01
Shappy you mentioned Dortmund. I tried to see some matches last year because of Sancho. I don't know what's going on with them but every time i saw a game i was thinking that Greenwood would score 30 goals last year. Its the ideal place for attack minded players because of their structure and teams are more open at the back. Unfortunately you can't do the same at Premier League and that's the reason we see a lot of English talents go to Germany at teams like Dortmund, Bayern or Leipzig. Their 17-18 is ours 19-20, i think talents can play 2 years earlier at Germany but they need two year more experience for our league.


5.) 08 Oct 2020 07:56:59
Thanks for the brill reply Ed. Currently who has the best youth setup?

{Ed001's Note - probably Atalanta right now.}


 

 

07 Oct 2020 08:53:19
Ed001,

How do you view our current youth/ academy setup? Did we just stockpile these European/ international lads because the rules were changing or is there an actual plan? Ed002 mentioned that a few of the young players left (Sotoni, Gomes etc) because there weren’t specific pathways for them. I’ve read good things about Neil Wood and what Nicky Butt is doing but am always wary about what the club is ‘apparently’.

Doc SK

 

 

05 Oct 2020 09:49:18
Ed 001, hope all is well mate. What happened to you boys yesterday?

Question about MUFC coaching again; was yesterday’s result just a culmination of what we’ve previously discussed that we have a poor coaching setup/ lack of coaching ability?

Surely that performance can’t be just down to lack of training sessions/ C.V./ lack of fitness.

I was willing to give OGS/ Mckenna etc benefit of the doubt but I cannot fathom how bad that level of play was yesterday.

Other than the obvious of letting OGS go (which won’t happen unless results well and truly go down south) what else can be done? I don’t see the anyone at the club (from boardroom to players) having the level of self-introspection to improve and want to be the best.

Doc SK

{Ed001's Note - we were awful and Villa were excellent.

It is a bit of everything, the crazy situation, lack of time to do any coaching, tinkering with the defence, poor coaching, Maguire being crap. It is lots of things. The problem is that it is all hitting together at the same time and making it look worse than it actually is. At the end of the day, no matter how bad the coaching set up, there is enough there to be doing better than that. It was just one of those days. You have to ask questions of the selection though, there have been two players who have been routinely awful all season in Maguire and Pogba, yet they seem bulletproof first-choice players. When you go down to ten men, Pogba has to be the first to come off, he is already a luxury with eleven.

At the end of the day, yesterday was a one-off, an extreme situation that will almost certainly never be repeated. Jose has now proved a point and so next time he faces United his team won't be so wound up. They won't benefit from a soft sending off and Ole won't get the tactics and selection quite so badly wrong. The only time you find out how good your players and coaching staff are is in moments of adversity. It is easy when things are going well, it is when it falls apart like that when you find out what they have. Not in the moment itself, but in how they respond to it. If they are not coming out all guns firing and absolutely flying for the next game, then Ole clearly is as bad as feared. This is his time to shine.

Other than that, it is going to be difficult to really show the players just quite how bad that was. They could never have hidden on the pitch if fans were at the game. However the situation is special. It is a shame they can't see how the fans were reacting while watching that game. To understand just how important it is to them and how badly they felt let down. Normally you would expect the coaching staff to fix the problems on the training ground but it is difficult to have faith in Ole etc to do so. Watching him, it felt like he didn't have a clue what to do to fix things and seemed to think the problem was purely the sending off. United fans will have to hope he doesn't allow that to be an excuse the players can hide behind.

At least he won't have to pick Shaw any more, his attitude after the game was so defeatist. There was no fire in his belly, which I would have expected after that. You don't seem to have anyone to lead, including among the coaching staff. No one to rally the players and get them roaring back. That is a worry.}


1.) 05 Oct 2020 10:21:05
Villa were good, well impressed with them. It seems Barkley coming has freed Grealish up so he didn't feel he had to do all the work.

Grass was too long as well though when that happens you have no chance of winning.


2.) 05 Oct 2020 10:44:01
No leaders for me ed. The fact shaw was the one who came out and spoke was ridiculous. For me the captain has to be coming out and addressing that. The players have huge responsibility to take and if I was ole I’d be dropping Bailly, maguire, shaw, matic, pogba immediately. Bring in some kids if need be. It needs to be shown that those performances will not be tolerated.

{Ed001's Note - it is not like you need to play kids, you have about 8 senior centre-backs and Donny Osmond arrived recently who could easily replace Pogba. Worrying the lack of leadership though, there is a fair bit of experience there, so no reason for a lack of it.}


3.) 05 Oct 2020 10:56:08
The most telling part of that Shaw interview was when he was asked, how do you fix this and he said he didn't know how. That is the most worrying thing.


4.) 05 Oct 2020 11:38:44
Shaw won't have a clue, he can barely string 2 sentences together. Plus it's not down to him to fix it. If it was me, one fix would be remove him from the side immediately.


5.) 05 Oct 2020 11:01:20
Thing is ed I’d rather see mengi or Williams playing yesterday because it means something to them. Look at the state of shaw chasing back yesterday. Van de beek needs to start for me, he’s been good any time he’s played.

Yesterday is the sort of day pogba should step up, matic, maguire etc. Those experienced heads should have been calmer in the chaos.

What’s even better is that we will scramble around like mad today looking to sign a winger!

{Ed001's Note - it would be understandable if it was a one-off, but these same concerns are being expressed every week, so something needs to change.}


6.) 05 Oct 2020 11:38:17
Spot on about Shaw ed. Just seems happy to be on the pitch.
Ed, I value your opinion and always find your articles and player reviews interesting. I honestly think Maguire is awful and when I say awful I mean for the standard of Manchester United. Now that we have spent 80m on him, we are stuck with him. My question is how do we now get the best out of him?

{Ed001's Note - to get the best out of Maguire you have to play with a back three. He is better suited to a 3 than a 4.}


7.) 05 Oct 2020 11:48:59
Thanks for the measured reply Ed. Did you not think this thrashing was overdue? Brighton arguably should have achieved the same result last weekend.

I’ve read that OGS has a nasty streak in him but it doesn’t come across like that. I hope this is a cathartic moment for him, as you’ve said if they don’t come out firing after the break then we are well and truly stuffed going forward.

Pogba is a joke, playing exactly like someone who wants to leave, flinging his arms in the air when he’s made a mistake, no accountability. Maguire, just needs to be dropped and somehow work on his game (and not wrestling his own teammates) but think it’s too late to coach him to improve. Shaw, just comes across as someone with a lack of intelligence, football or in general. Hopefully Telles will do better. AWB has lost all that initial enthusiasm and now just jogs around.

Would you play Henderson now? I just feel DDG for all he might make a great save, he is now part of the problem. Watched him closely yesterday, he was shouting at players AFTER the goals had gone in, rather that communicating with his defence during the game.

Tactics wise would you perhaps play McT alongside Matic or go 3 at the back?

Thanks.

{Ed001's Note - not sure a thrashing was, but you have certainly been due a defeat.

I would have started Henderson from the moment the season began, he deserved the place. Sheffield United have looked much worse without him in the team.

If Maguire plays it has to be 3 at the back, but I wouldn't pick him and stick with a 4. McTominay, Donny and Bruno should be in midfield, depending on the opposition. Matic is doing what he always does and looking slow and cumbersome after a good run. He seems to lack stamina and can't play every week in a normal season, in a season this compacted, he needs to have regular breaks.}


8.) 05 Oct 2020 12:06:37
That was going to be my next question ed. I don’t think we should ever play with a back 3 and that’s why it’s best not to play Maguire. Not sure who we play in a two though.

{Ed001's Note - I have no idea which 2 would work best, but that is what training should establish.}


9.) 05 Oct 2020 12:24:54
It seems Smalling may not leave after all. I think he will come in to the team and start. That doesn’t fill me with any confidence either.


10.) 05 Oct 2020 22:31:33
A very accurate synopsis of where we are Ed001.


 

 

21 Sep 2020 10:50:59
Hi Ed 002, hope you’re well. I believe you previously said that OGS contract expires in 2021. Would I be correct to assume that offering him a new contract is dependent on results and achieving top 4?

Doc SK

{Ed002's Note - 2022.}


1.) 21 Sep 2020 11:03:28
Ahh my mistake. Thanks. Hope Cornwall is bathing in sunshine. Have a good day.

{Ed002's Note - It looks fine right now thanks.}


 

 

 

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20 Dec 2020 17:29:19
Thanks Ed. Hope you are safe and well. Do you think Diallo will be ready for the first team or will MU adopt a similar approach to Pellestri and mainly play him in U23s?

Doc SK

{Ed002's Note - I would doubt he would be ready just yet.}


 

 

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13 Sep 2020 05:28:39
Hi Ed, thanks for the info as always. Do you think Bale still has something to offer as a player, providing he stays fit?

Doc SK

{Ed002's Note - In his 30s it won't be for long - but a short-term solution.}


 

 

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29 Jul 2020 20:50:37
Thanks Ed. Pretty shocking that they have no self-awareness. Seems like there’s going to be plenty of ups and downs over the next few seasons unless they pull their finger out.

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29 Jul 2020 08:19:52
Hi Ed002. Hope you’re well. Still in Cornwall? Regarding the club, are they aware as such that the way they run the club is amateurish and is there someone external/ independent to the club who is able to point out that the structure is a mess?

Doc SK

{Ed002's Note - The amateurs do not accept that they are amateurs.}


 

 

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30 Dec 2019 08:21:34
Hi Ed002, you previously said to rule out Maddison as he was due to sign a new contract. Has there been a change or still just interest in him? Also many thanks to you and all the Eds for their superb contributions and to the fellow posters for keeping me entertained. Happy New Year to you all!

Doc SK

{Ed002's Note - MU remain keen on James Maddison (AM) as he has not signed a new contract yet.}


 

 

 

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05 Nov 2020 13:42:52
Ed002, presume there is strong interest from other teams and he may spoken with them? Understand if you don’t want to say.

Doc SK

{Ed002's Note - Right now Manchester United has a manager.}


 

 

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05 Nov 2020 06:31:56
Thanks Tris. Do you know if there’s been any contact with Poch?

Doc SK

{Ed001's Note - not off the top of my head, no. Sorry.}


 

 

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05 Nov 2020 05:23:42
Thanks for the honesty, Tris. Sadly however much I want it to work out, he has to go. Think Everton will rip us a new one on Saturday.

So realistically who do we go for now? I know you’re not a fan of Poch but this club is such a shambles, I really don’t know what they’re thinking. Have no idea when this sh*t show of terrible recruiting and bad organisation will end. The board/ whoever’s running things surely have to see what a laughing stick we’ve become especially now C.V. has hit us hard in the pocket.

Doc SK

{Ed001's Note - you are a bit of a mess from top to bottom, but a top class coach should at least be able to get more from the team. I am not a fan of Poch, but a lot of his problems are recruitment-based, as he obsesses over physical aspects. As the coach of United he would not have as much of a say over recruitment as he had at Southampton and Spurs, so not the worst appointment for you.}


 

 

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19 Oct 2020 18:25:45
Maguire and Bailly both out. No Cavani. 3 at the back? Victor, Scotty, Shaw as CBs?

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08 Oct 2020 07:56:59
Thanks for the brill reply Ed. Currently who has the best youth setup?

Doc SK

{Ed001's Note - probably Atalanta right now.}