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04 Dec 2018 16:54:34
Ed002 if you're not doing a sharkopod then can I ask if there looks to be several ins-and-outs (2 or 3, say) this winter. I know it's usually not a time for major movements but there are serious leaks to plug - mainly in central defence and midfield - that left alone could leave us well out of the top 6, nevermind top 4 very soon.

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{Ed002's Note - I really don'tr want to get involved too much on this page for a while. Too much grief.}


1.) 04 Dec 2018 23:38:31
Ed 02
Sorry to see your voice of insight and sanity disappear yet again.

I understand and respect your decision but am disappointed - not in you but in the fact you will be greatly missed.
I will say thanks and Au revoir in the hope you will return.


2.) 05 Dec 2018 00:02:13
Ed will return just let the situation with Mourinho clear up.


 

 

14 Apr 2016 12:30:51
Ed001, I saw you mentioning that we're looking at loads of players and that centre backs are being prioritised along with a marquee/ vanity signing. Which positions do you think we should be looking at.

From my perspective, I think there are lots of deadwood in the squad but for the first team picture we could have
de Gea/ suitable replacement; Fosu-Mensah, Smalling, New Signing 1, Shaw; New Signing 2, Schneiderlin/ Herrera; New Signing 3, Mata/ Herrera, Martial; New Signing 4
with Romero, CBJ, Darmian, Varela, Blind, Pereira, Lingard, Rashford being the key squad players to rotate in and out to this side. Most of the rest of the squad could be sold to fund the new signings. Is there any solid rumours on which players are being moved on?

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{Ed001's Note - thinking about it, I have not heard anything regarding outs, other than De Gea. I will have to ask, as there must be at least one or two on the move, other than him.}


1.) 15 Apr 2016 01:02:40
Ed001 is de gea off from what you hear? I think we need to keep him. how many other keepers make the saves as consistently as save? He's our best player week in week out we need to build a decent defence for him.

{Ed001's Note - it is the most likely scenario. Not 100%, well nothing is, but they are not expected to make a mere token gesture this summer.}


 

 

 

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24 May 2022 14:02:27
I doubt it Wallace. Ten Hag likes interchangeable players (rotate within 2 positions during the game) . That means highly mobile players. He also builds from deep which means highly technical defenders. Daley Blind is a prime example, and while not quick is very mobile and plays multiple positions. From our defence I only see Lindelof and Varane as being anywhere close to what he might want.

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10 May 2022 23:19:11
If they are just selling some shares then what they do with that money is their own business too.

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10 May 2022 23:10:34
I really don't think that'd be possible. Selling shares in a company and then diluting the value by effectively paying a dividend to a preferred shareholder doesn't strike me as tenable.

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23 Feb 2022 21:04:29
Seeing negativity about Poch and really don't understand it. He's ideal for us to bring through our younger players and push on from what RR is doing. It's unfair to just count trophies if not resources correctly. By any fair standard he exceeded expectations at Espanyol, Southampton and, certainly, Spurs. As for PSG, he has had serious egos there and has them in seriously strong shape this year.

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31 Jan 2022 16:48:58
Likely we won't play with 3 attackers. RR doesn't seem keen. So 6 players for 2 positions is more likely.

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03 Jun 2022 15:23:01
Agree with you fully ken. That Fdj happens to be a star player I guess makes people think we're making the same mistake as pretty much every year in the Ed Woodward era in pursuing star names instead of glaring deficiencies in the squad. Here we happen to be going for a star player who addresses an obvious deficiency. It's new territory for a lot of us!

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26 May 2022 21:57:04
Unlikely. EtH may shift to 3-4-3 when in attack but central to his system is interchangeability, with at least one moving between lines. 3 at the back suggests a more rigid formation I think. Further forward he's definitely more adaptable with the main interchanger between defence and attack generally being his number 10 (eg van de Beek)

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23 May 2022 19:35:53
RR did an appalling job. He clearly didn't have the trust of the players and everything was a complete shambles by the end. Yes some of those players are poisonous and we want them out, but surely not all of them. RR seems to have escaped a lot of fair criticism.

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09 Feb 2022 19:09:31
Shappy I think your assessment of Fred, McTominay and Maguire is spot on. I'd be less harsh on McTominay than others for the reasons you say. Maguire on the other hand is a continuing problem that directly impacts our fullbacks and our CMs. His positional sense is very poor so he is caught out far too often. This drags our fullbacks in to fill the gaps he leaves. His speed on the turn is appalling for a professional footballer. As such we cannot play the high line that Rangnick wants. Added to this he focusses on the man rather than the ball at an alarming rate. He really is just not very good. While Lindelof is a decent player I'd love to see Bailly and Varane get a chance. We'd finally have 2 CBs with enough pace to play the high line and to cover the fullbacks if they go forward. Maguire isn't our only (on field ( problem, but I think he's our biggest.

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30 Jan 2022 17:47:45
Attack x3 fair enough. I think it's important to draw a separation between criminality and our beliefs of ideal behaviour. I objected to putting Lingard and Pogbas name anywhere near what Greenwood seems to have done. I acknowledge you didn't intend that, and am not questioning your values, but, respectfully, your post was in bad taste.

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