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18 Jan 2020 11:32:38
So it looks like we have triggered a two year extension for Eric Bailly. What's everyones thoughts on him - would be good to get the Eds perspective too. Came to the club and looked awesome.

injuries have obviously played a serious part in hampering his progress, but he now looks like a headless chicken when he plays. Can't work it out.


1.) 18 Jan 2020 12:01:33
Hopefully keeping him means rojo, jones and smalling are gone. Leave bailly tuanzebe lindelof and maguire. Happy enough if that's the case.

2.) 18 Jan 2020 12:07:52
First season he was brilliant. Great defender. Looked like a top CB. Injuries have hampered his progress.
If he can stay fit, he could work very well with Maguire.

If imagine he might end up getting sold in the near future.

3.) 18 Jan 2020 13:34:16
I think he deserves another chance.

Let him recover from the injury and give him another season but he needs a run of games.

4.) 18 Jan 2020 13:45:32
For me he was better first than Maguires up to now.

There definitely a play in him.

5.) 18 Jan 2020 13:47:12
I'd play him next to Harry M, when fit.



18 Jan 2020 10:05:05
Bruno Fernandes saying farewell. again. He's fine more farewell tours than Elton John.


1.) 18 Jan 2020 11:14:44
According to Simon Stone we have told sporting that unless they drop the fee the deal is dead. €80mill is a lot but our arrogance in negotiations probably doesn't help when dealing with anyone. The scenes if we get battered on Sunday and don't sign Bruno 😱😵😡.

2.) 18 Jan 2020 12:26:07
This feels just like the Harry Maguire deal the same Simon stone reported we was miles apart on valuation for Maguire, 2 days later we announced him.

3.) 18 Jan 2020 12:46:27
Could well be. Maybe announced after tomorrow's game if it all goes badly. Distract the fans etc 😂.

4.) 18 Jan 2020 15:04:35
Ni you are slipping into old habits again. bruno on the brain😂😂😂.



31 Dec 2019 09:17:40
Hey Eds - anyone in for either Rojo or Jones?


{Ed002's Note - Fiorentina enquired after Rojo - Italy is one of the countries he is able to move to. Phil Jones signed a new long term contract earlier in the year.}

1.) 31 Dec 2019 12:43:06
Is Rojo able to move to France?


{Ed002's Note - I am not going to start listing the countries that will and won't let him in to work.}

2.) 31 Dec 2019 13:04:36
Thanks very much Ed - so Jones stays and Rojo has the ‘For Sale’ up.

{Ed002's Note - The Jones situation may depend on Smalling and what happens there - right now he is priced out of a move to Roma even though they have a new owner coming. Rojo is most certainly up for sale with interest from Fiorentina who will look to an offer of no more than €10M in the summer. No doubt his "agents" (and I use that term loosely will be looking for a solution elsewhere as well.}

3.) 31 Dec 2019 14:15:21
Thanks Ed. Smalling seems to he’s settled well into Italian football according to reports.

Anyone else for sale at Old Trafford?

{Ed002's Note - Chris Smalling (CB) The amateurs need to drop the asking price and a move to Roma can go ahead
Nemanja Matic (DM) Possible option for Inter but not first choice
Marcos Rojo (LWB/CB) not wanted - Fiorentina interested
Angel Gomes (CM) wants out - interest has been shown by Borussia Dortmund but the player says he would be open to a move to London if there was a guarantee of playing time - also on Barcelona's lengthy list of Free Agents they are looking at - can talk to interested no English or Welsh sides from January 1
Paul Pogba (CM/AM) wants out - interest from Juventus and from certain parties at Real madrid
Tahith Chong (RW) wants out - interest has been shown by Bayern Munich and Juventus - also on Barcelona's lengthy list of Free Agents they are looking at - can talk to interested no English or Welsh sides from January 1
Juan Mata (AM/RW) Will almost certainly move on in the summer
Alexis Sanchez (LW/F) Inter will keep him but he needs to agree a significant cut in his financial demands}

4.) 31 Dec 2019 14:43:22
Perfecto thanks Ed.

5.) 31 Dec 2019 20:17:30
Re Smalling. According to the media United are asking 20m euros for Smalling. Considering his performances this season where he is considered as one of the top defenders in Serie A and the fees being asked for the likes of Koulibaly, I don't think 20m euros is high. I find it rather low tbh.

{Ed047's Note - anything above a fiver is high for Smalling dev.

6.) 31 Dec 2019 20:21:01
Smalling, playing well in Italy. It's hot most months, lovely place to visit and live. Let's go back to United.

7.) 01 Jan 2020 06:34:00
So Gomes hold end up at Wimbledon maybe? Presuming Barca's short list is somewhat of a LONGlist if Chong and Gomes feature. They have something, but Barcelona level? They need to improve alot.

Smalling is a much better defender than some give credit for. He is better than Rojo and Jones.

8.) 01 Jan 2020 15:32:33
I think we have had enough of Jones, Smalling and rojo as united fans.
Smalling is the best of the lot, but we needed a change and if he moves to Roma he plays in an easier league and we get some money for a 30 year old.

9.) 01 Jan 2020 22:19:09
Why are Gomes and Chong wanting out, lack of game time?

10.) 02 Jan 2020 13:29:20
Damn shame about Gomez and Chong. Don't blame them though. They are being held back at the club.



30 Aug 2019 11:16:19
Anyone know the situation with Fosu-Mensah? Are we looking to offload?

With Smalling and Darmian gone, might be a good back up for right back? Not sure he's actually good enough.


1.) 30 Aug 2019 11:28:07
Well he won't be offloaded this summer as he is currently injured. I expect Ole will have a look at him when he returns to training and make a decision once he's seen what he can do.

Personally I'm not expecting much from him. I had high hopes 3-4 years ago of him developing into a top holding midfielder. Yet he has had to play nearly all his first team football at RB or CB, which I don't think has helped him develop as well as he could have done.

2.) 30 Aug 2019 13:33:40
He is included in the PL squad if that's anything to go off.

3.) 30 Aug 2019 16:04:14
Another with arrested development. I think we need to assess him before making a decision. make or break season.

4.) 31 Aug 2019 06:52:23
Maybe a new challenge as a DM?

5.) 31 Aug 2019 09:49:12
Maybe that's the what Pogba was on about when he said he wanted a "new challenge", he didn't want to leave, just fancied trying to prove himself in a different position. Goalkeeper maybe? 😂.

6.) 31 Aug 2019 14:40:12
He might see more of the ball that way at least Shaps!



08 Aug 2019 23:54:20
Random question. can we still sell players to clubs whose transfer window is open still?

I ask because what is Darmian going to do for a year if not?


{Ed002's Note - Yes Eric. Transfer windows relate to the registration of players. So MU can still sell Pogba to Real Madrid or Juventus.}

1.) 09 Aug 2019 03:41:03
This is the reason Pogba should of been moved on and a replacement brought in before the 8th.

2.) 09 Aug 2019 00:55:39
Not even our boards ineptitude can go that low ED, as to let Pogba go now.

{Ed001's Note - is it ineptitude to sell a player who wants to leave?}

3.) 09 Aug 2019 05:23:34
Ed001 If he is your best player and you were stupid enough not to buy a replacement it is ineptitude.

{Ed001's Note - he is not your best player, never has been the best player anywhere he has been.}

4.) 09 Aug 2019 08:37:05
Alex won the league with Cleverley and Anderson in midfield. Let s see what Ole can do.

5.) 09 Aug 2019 08:39:20
Darmian will do what he's done the previous two year when he's been surplus to requirements. Train professionally when required and then go back to italy and chill out when given permission.

Not a bad life if you can get it.

6.) 09 Aug 2019 08:47:57
Are madrid going to buy neymar and pogba.

7.) 09 Aug 2019 09:11:44
Mick1 have you just suggested that OGS can do what Sir Alex did?

8.) 09 Aug 2019 07:23:26
Agree Ed. I’m not sure why people think PP is our best player, although football is about perspectives. He can be 1 in every 20 games. I don’t buy that we look better with him in the team. Defensively we have to carry him, and most of all he wants to leave. No need to reply with his goals scored stats, we know he’s a good penalty taker.

{Ed001's Note - he looks good in highlight reels but he is ineffective over 90 minutes. Not my idea of the best.}

9.) 09 Aug 2019 07:47:07
Obviously CSM completely forgot about Jones, Tris.

{Ed001's Note - no doubt.}

10.) 09 Aug 2019 08:55:24
Agree with ed. He is a very good player for about a third of the season, touching on world class every now and again even. He is our best midfield player in the games he turns up for but not our best player as he doesn't turn up enough.

That said, it would be stupid to let him go with no midfielders signed, in my eyes. Therefore it'll probably happen;-)

{Ed001's Note - I would rather play youth team players who will at least give their all. Might inspire the rest of the team as well to up their game.}

11.) 09 Aug 2019 08:55:57
Out of interest Ed001, who do you think is our best outfield player if not Pogba?

{Ed001's Note - Wan-Bissaka probably. Though I would take Rashford and Lindelöf over Pogba as well.}

12.) 09 Aug 2019 09:57:30
“We don't look better with him in the team” what a ludicrous statement. Yes i would much prefer to see matic or fred ahead of him. Give over lol.

13.) 09 Aug 2019 10:30:31
Sorry DSG totally disagree, how many goals do we concede because Pogba goes walkabout. I can think of at least 3 from last season alone. He's a total liability. He plays well for a short period when he gets his own way, but when out backs are against the wall, such as when Top 4 was in our own hands last season, he goes missing. He's not up for the fight. He wants to play for the best team in the competition so he can show boat knowing he's going to take all the plaudits. Add to that he's a lousy person, he's just not the type of character I like to get behind.

For those reasons I do not think we are a better team with Pogba on the pitch. Of course it's not as black and white as that, 3 or 4 games a season he looks world class and wins us games, but for the remaining 30+ games he's a liability who has no interest in putting the graft in to get us back to where we want to be as fans.

Ole was right, he can offer Pogba a new challenge. If Pogba is up for it or not is a different question entirely.

14.) 09 Aug 2019 11:40:04
We need PP in the side. Who else is there to create an opportunity for the front three other than him?

I do however think that Ole will play him more and more in the no.10 role in a 4-2-3-1 system after being unable to sign Dybala etc. though, due to the aforementioned lack of tracking back. Then two of McTom, Fred, Andreas and Matic will sit behind him.

15.) 09 Aug 2019 12:54:23
I've been thinking the same, push PP further forward. We're really light though in the middle. Whereas at 10 we could have PP, Lingardinho, Mata and Gomes. And I'd rather see Gomes get minutes.

16.) 09 Aug 2019 16:36:46
You do not know the man personally, how can come to such serious character judgements?

Our whole team went missing, if you expect any midfielder in world football to drag us to success in the state we were in last season, you will be looking for a long while. How many goals did we concede because matic can not properly screen the back 4 or becuase luke shaw will neverr close down the wide man. Our whole team went to pot last season.

Pogba is one of the only players in our team brave enough to ask for the ball in tough situations, graft works both ways, he lacks it defensively but offensively he is always willing to try things and create chances. that's what a team is all about, some players are good at some things and poor at other, its all about the blend. that's why i am looking foreard to see how mctominay and pogba do as a pair, they complement each other well.

17.) 09 Aug 2019 17:09:51
I am not the biggest paul pogba fan, but I think he has handled this window very well, and should have earned a modicum of our trust back.

Also I don't like to go against the Ed's but imo there is 0% of him leaving this window.

18.) 09 Aug 2019 19:35:13
A ciuple of early defeats and he will be busting a gut to get out and it will all be rather unpleasant.
I think a few early wins and all the talk will go away until the next window.

19.) 10 Aug 2019 05:24:08
You big tease Ed002:)

This is the first time I'll not agree with you Ed001. At this point, we need Pogba in our team.

As for the rest talking about "ambition" "passion" "commitment" "loyalty" and all that, we're in a different era. Pogba may not be the best but he's among the best ballers and since his arrival at Manchester United, he has not featured in the best five players in the world. Any appearance in any selected world-level team is based on his international duties. He has no chance of winning the Premier league or champion's league in the coming days. The club aren't showing much ambition to strengthen yet you all want him to smile and keep it up to show "he loves the club".

Yet if any of you had a better offer than your employers that would lead to a more successful and beneficial future for you and your families you would take it without thinking - isn't it hypocrisy?

Remind me how many trophies Bale won at Madrid. Maybe he should have stayed at Spurs they would have at least won the FA Cup.

On a final note, 8m not saying loyalty is not good, but ambitious and also visions have to match. Also, do remember we're at an age where "playing for the badge" is becoming history.

{Ed001's Note - what are you wittering on about? People expect Pogba to break sweat and make an effort, it's his job and he is well paid to try. Instead he strolls about being a lazy get, it doesn't matter what era you are in. Have you not seen the top 3 last season play? All 3 had 11 players on the pitch making an effort, which is why they are the top 3. Pogba apologists, excusing him being a lazy tit despite being paid millions to stroll around the pitch laughing at the fans paying his enormous wage to do f all, are just embarrassing. Clueless.}

20.) 10 Aug 2019 08:30:36
Pogba is not a main midfield player, he doesn’t have the strength, tackling, ball retention or running to do it. Put him in a free role as a No10 for want of a better description just behind the forward/ s and he will create and score. He needs solidity behind him, not be the solidity. We now have a more solid defence, but midfield isn’t. Play him as one of two in central midfield and he will have the occasional good game but mostly be caught in possession and see players run past him.

I would have sold him this summer, I don’t think he is committed to Europa glory or possibly scraping fourth. I would suspect the decision makers, having staked a lot of money for his social media presence, don’t want to lose face or clicks by selling him. If he stays I suspect it will be a Cristiano type arrangement, stay for one more year and you can go next summer. The fact he has stayed so far, there is nothing to say the financial gurus won’t sell him in the next few weeks of course, indicated a lack of leadership throughout the club, including the precious manager.

21.) 10 Aug 2019 11:13:32
Couldn't have put it better myself ed001. But if I did, I'd be attacked on here. Some people really believe pogba is going to turn a switch and become 'THAT' player.

{Ed001's Note - people keep defending him but fail to notice that the problem is not that he can't tackle, for example, because he is a bloody good tackler. The issue is that he can't be arsed to put a challenge in. He is the problem, not the position he is played in. He has an attitude that stinks on the pitch. I have no issues with what he does off the pitch, he doesn't drink, smoke, do drugs, he keeps himself in excellent shape. His issues are all on the pitch with a complete lack of effort. Look at the difference with Santiago Cazorla when Wenger asked him to play deep. He gave 100% and was outstanding, because he tried. You can forgive a player for being crap, what is unforgivable is when they are lazy and don't even try and make the effort. If they don't try they don't deserve anyone's backing.}

22.) 10 Aug 2019 11:42:08
Now all of that compounded by the fact he doesn't want to bloody be here.

But people on here think he is going to change his mind.

{Ed001's Note - they are like lovesick teenagers who won't accept the woman of their dreams has no interest in them.}

23.) 10 Aug 2019 12:08:01
Why the need for digs like, 'precious manager', Red Man? Fine, you didn't want him as the manager, but he's still been a great Utd servant, and probably deserves a bit better than spiteful little comments like that. Sounds a bit childish, to be honest.

24.) 10 Aug 2019 13:01:54
It’s a case of the E, peror’s new clothes for me. We see the odd great pass or flick but over a game he regularly disappears. We can argue all we like about how good a player he is but ultimately he doesn’t want to be here and doesn’t appear to be giving everything for the cause. Talent is great, but without effort and application then it is too often wasted.




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04 Jan 2020 23:52:51
Well - I'd have taken 0-0 before kick off away at Wolves given our recent performances there that's for sure.


1.) 05 Jan 2020 10:24:06
Agree Eric it is the most we could have hoped for.
We are still in the cup. maybe romero gave ole his mark robins moment.
Kept us in the game and in the cup.



03 Jan 2020 13:32:23
Hi Ed2 -
Keen to get your view on who is the worst run club. Given your critical views on Utd and Arsenal being run like amateurs, who are the most inept? Or are there others that are even more so?


{Ed002's Note - Both clubs are badly run - Arsenal's problems stem from (a) the structure of the management, and (b) spending money unwisely in the summer. Manchester United are completely out of touch with reality and are run like an amateur side as I have said. Deportivo Maldonado are likely worse run.}

1.) 03 Jan 2020 13:50:06
Didn't we have an agreement with deportivo maldonado years ago, where did those 5 clazz bralians that were coming ever go to.

2.) 03 Jan 2020 13:56:55
Ed002, that's simply untrue. You are a stark raving looney coming on here spouting off with your ill informed opinions.
Deportivo Maldonado are not worse run.
How dare you?

3.) 03 Jan 2020 15:19:07
Haha Ken imitation is the greatest form of compliment, thanks.

4.) 03 Jan 2020 18:15:28
Just googled Deportivo Maldonado Eds002 you never fail to crack me up😂.

5.) 03 Jan 2020 18:32:45
imagine being thirsty and you are quoted £5 for a bottle of water. Would you pay over the odds to quench your thirst or would you suffer so you can go to the supermarket and pay market price of £1?

Without me preparing, I'd have to pay the £5, had I planned well, I would have gone to the supermarket bought a bottle and carried it with me. United are so slow and it does not seem they do any form of planning and instead come up with this value in the market, right price guff. without planning, they have messed up and will need to pay over the odds.



28 Dec 2019 22:02:30
Ole's at the wheel 🎶

Sorry guys I've had a cheeky whisky. Happy New Year fellow Reds. Enjoy an away win against and clean sheet against an awful Burnley. Happy 2020 all!


1.) 28 Dec 2019 22:07:18
Same back to you. Enjoy another cheeky whiskey on us 😂.

2.) 29 Dec 2019 01:01:29
We've got MARTIAL, Paul Pogba and Fred.



17 Dec 2019 13:22:44
Looks like Paul Pogba has called I sick today! 😂.


1.) 17 Dec 2019 13:31:29
The sooner he goes, the better.



15 Dec 2019 12:29:58
Does anybody know what the coaching staff think of Fosu-Mesah and whether he has a future at Utd?


1.) 15 Dec 2019 13:48:46
I don't think there's been much news regarding him.

With the weakness of our midfield and nearly 4-5 months of football left, TFM should definitely get a few games before the season ends.

If I'm not wrong he has 1 year contract extension option available for united to use.

I'd like to see him in his preferred midfield position before letting him leave. He's just 21.




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21 Jan 2020 09:54:08
Not sure anything will happen, nor should happen if the plan is to replace the manager.




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18 Jan 2020 14:06:14
It’s a saga because the media make it one. Both Sporting and Utd are well within their rights to have views on his value. My guess is that we are scarred by our recent failures in the market wasting millions on dross.




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16 Jan 2020 21:43:30
Get fit - play better. Simple for him.




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14 Jan 2020 14:10:32
On top of all this, despite my thoughts Poch should be appointed, I still prefer OGS in charge above Moyes, LVG and Mourinho right now.




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11 Jan 2020 11:58:52
Never rated Shaw either!
Couldn't afford a date with Shaw unless it was an all you can eat buffet.





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28 Jan 2020 11:08:32
Seems odd to me he wasn’t given a chance to play up front anyway given we are paying for his wages and we are light up top.




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25 Jan 2020 18:31:20
4th nowhere near attainable - but clearly we won’t go down!




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25 Jan 2020 16:15:37
The Eds will know more than us, but are Utd anywhere near breaching FFP limits and so plenty have to leave before we bring any new players in?


{Ed002's Note - No.}



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24 Jan 2020 18:05:52
Very short term view from Chong and Gomes. It’s very clear that OGS won’t be at the club next season.




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24 Jan 2020 13:41:54
Fellaini? 😂😂😂.