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04 Jun 2021 13:41:57
Afternoon folks
just read a number of (clickbait? ) articles that we have put a €45m bid on the table to atalanta for a guy Romero? Any substance? can't say I've much except he is an option to buy cb from juve .


1.) 04 Jun 2021 14:13:27
He is one we are supposedly looking at long with Varane, Pau Torres, Kounde, Botman and Ben White.

He has been arguably the best CB is Serie A this season. He would be a difficult one to judge. Atalanta are far and away the most offensive side in Serie A. Which means the majority of the time his team are on the front foot, which means he is tested less often defensively. Conversely though because Atalanta are so attacking when he is tested he often had less support or protection.

{Ed077's Note - If I'm not mistaken Juventus own him right now..}

2.) 04 Jun 2021 14:23:54
Tom Heaton
Kieran Trippier
Pau Torres
Jadon Sancho

Another goalie if DdG or Deano leave. Pogba to stay.

My tips for the summer, so no doubt I will be completely wrong on all counts lol.

3.) 04 Jun 2021 14:59:01
I don't get the hype with Trippier.

{Ed077's Note - me neither.

4.) 04 Jun 2021 16:13:26
Re:Romero. Atalanta just exercised their option and bought player from Juventus for 16m euro.

So he s now an Atalanta player.

5.) 04 Jun 2021 18:04:54
Cheers guys- was a new name to me so thought I'd ask on here. Cheers Shappy for the insight. Good bit of business if it comes off for atalanta= buy at 16 almost triple your money and don't even have to get his name plate for car parking space!

6.) 04 Jun 2021 19:51:51
I don't think we will buy a central defender. I knows that's going against all the rumours but my gut is Sancho, Trippier, Midfielder.

7.) 04 Jun 2021 20:49:53
Could we be looking at 2 new CBs or is this just spreading out net wide and see who bites.

8.) 04 Jun 2021 21:49:22
I think a defensive midfielder is the position we need to fill the most. Fred, McT, Donny and Pogba are all more suited to a number 8 role alongside a defensive partner and are all being held back by having to cover those defensive duties between them.

A striker would be nice this season, but we at least have Cavani, so not signing one now isn’t the end of the world.

Similarly, we could really benefit from adding a RW, especially a creative one who offers something different from the paces inside-forward types we currently have out wide. However, if we have to make do with Greenwood as first choice on the right again… not the worst thing in the world.

CB and CDM though, are absolutely essential IMO.

9.) 05 Jun 2021 02:09:49
The hype about Trippier is he’s just won La Liga and might be happy to be a rotation RB for a minimal fee. He’s a very solid player who would help our squad without busting the bank. Not every signing can be a worldie. Although of course we need a couple of worldies as well.

10.) 06 Jun 2021 12:20:38
Yh tripper is being brought in as a squad player to rotate with AWB.

There doesn't need to be any hype, just needs to be better than williams and dalot, which he is.

11.) 06 Jun 2021 13:14:40
Seems a bit if a waste to me this. Get Dalit back, and make it clear he has to improve and challenge AWB for a startling spot. Units he’s so far behind quality wise? Not sure as not seen him play much being in Italy.

12.) 06 Jun 2021 14:31:46
Why isn’t Laird being considered as cover/ competition for Wan-Bissaka? especially if the reason for trippier isn’t he’s more attacking then Wan-Bissaka. I get Trippier is more experienced but I’d be promoting Laird and giving him a few games over preseason and then throughout the season. Don’t see why we’d pay money for a RB. That money would be better off else where.

13.) 06 Jun 2021 14:54:21
Ports, ordinarily I'd advocate promoting a youth player over signing an older player. While Laird looks to have the ability to be a genuinely top class player. However, I do think Laird needs at least another year on loan, probably in the Championship. The lad has 24 League 1 games under his belt. While he has had a few injury issues previously.

While you could also argue that our squad lacks a little experience. AWB is a talent but still has lots to learn. Having a player who has played at the top level both domestically and internationally, as well as having just won a league title against the odds. He will have loads of knowledge and experience he can impart on our defence.

With potentially a couple of older more experienced players leaving having an old head who also won't block the pathway long term could be a good deal.

14.) 06 Jun 2021 22:59:59
Wouldn't Tripper transfer depends on what happens with Dalot. Feel like it goes hand in hand. Think we should sell Dalot. He a wing back that more suited aboard. I can see Milan buying him or a Spanish team picking him up.



15 May 2021 10:36:37
Question for the eds- we were apparently linked with hakan c at ac milan - do we still retain an interest or has it gone -thanks in advance.


{Ed002's Note - There is no interest from MU - he will be moving elsewhere.}




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18 May 2021 08:52:01
Apparently OGS is quoted re mata as saying the ball is in mata's court on a new contract?
Surely this is a wind up - mata is a quality person with exemplory attitude but played very little part the last couple of seasons and is 33 years old- ok cavani is older but gets minutes and goals - never seen any goal allowed from the bench - really hope this club gets itself sorted if this is the case!


1.) 18 May 2021 09:52:52
I think this just means that the club have made an offer of an extension and its down to Mata whether he wants to take the club up on that offer. He is a valuable squad player for his experience, professionalism and leadership. If he signs an extension he won't see an increase in playing time, so its down to him as to whether he wants to move for more playing time or stay where he is. Simple as that. I don't see much wrong with that.

2.) 18 May 2021 10:32:17
We have Cavani, Matic and Pogba in the squad tbf who are experienced leaders in the dressing room and have won big trophies.

Would be an unneccesary use of the wage bill to keep mata at the club in my opinion.

3.) 18 May 2021 11:03:28
Dsg - agree!
Shappy- I hope you do well in life mate but please stay away from running a business - you'll be bankrupt in a fortnite! There is no room for sentiment by paying a man £100k per week to warm his arse on the bench. Its pure unadulterated stupidity- with that being the case we'll probably keep him and give him a pay rise!

4.) 18 May 2021 11:47:09
I think we must move Mata on.
The next gen players are waiting in the wing - Mejbri and Shola Shoretire can slot in the no 10 position for cup games next season.

5.) 18 May 2021 13:20:17

I agree with you. Also we have a lot of mediocre players who need to be moved on aswell. I hope Garner gets a chance. It would make sense to see how he goes in the EPL. He can't be worse than Fred.

6.) 18 May 2021 13:35:26
Funky, I have previously been self employed for many years, as well as managing several businesses.

You mistake my post as sentiment. The idea of offering Mata a new contract wouldn't be based on sentiment for me. It would be based on his intrinsic value to the squad.

We have a young squad, a squad that lacks character and leadership. Mata is one of those voices in the dressing room the players listen to. He sets a great example of how to be a professional footballer to the younger players. He is a great ambassador for the club, he interacts with the fans and is the perfect professional.

While an argument could be made that his presence could block the pathway for a younger player, an alternative argument could be made that he also helps guide those young players.

Lingard will likely be off this summer, Andreas Pereira also. Both are players the club should move on before Mata.

If Mata is happy to sign a new deal to continue in his current role then great, I don't see that as an issue. He has clear value to a squad of 25 players. Building a top squad isn't all about having 22 young players who are all good enough to be first choice. You need a mix of ages and experiences, and you have roles within a squad that tend to be filled.

Mata is someone I expect to go into coaching, there are several stories about how he enjoys helping young players and passing on his knowledge and experience to them. Taking time to help players in training.

But like I said, the decision is in Mata's hands, he does clearly have a value to the club, that is recognised by them offering him a new contract. However, Mata has a decision to make, should he settle for a few appearances, good wages, not have to relocate his family and maybe a coaching role when he decides to retire, or does he want to uproot his family, move countries, probably for a lower wage but a more important role in a side and maybe play most weeks for the last couple of years of his career.

I wouldn't begrudge him taking either option. Personally I think Serie A would be ideal for him, a slightly slower but more technical and tactical league. While the culture and way of life will be much more with what he is used to. I think he would do very well in Italy and could play on for another 2-3 years in the first team.

Does he have offers? Who knows. I'm sure he'll make the right decision for him. If that means he stays here for another couple of years then great.

7.) 18 May 2021 14:46:11
Joking aside shappy, dsg hit the spot -we have senior players already who along with the staff and squad should more than make up for mata to move in in terms intrinsic value.
Agree mata may well go into coaching, whether or not he will have the character or the ability we don't know but i suspect he could still get game time in spain or italy and that may well be a factor as i can't see it in epl. Agree your points more so serie A.
Shappy i am continually astonished that we offer extensions or new contracts to players not commanding game time and at a late stage of their career, we simply should not be doing it. matic, mata, young (now inter), grant (going) romero (going) ddg (possible) . Young has gone but the remainder except ddg have not beebn 1st choice and command 100k + per week average over 1/ 2 a million in wages per week 25m+ per year. Not to be sniffed at especially in current climate- if players need any more motivation theyb could hire a clown and kids entertainer for lot less.



05 May 2021 12:24:45
Question to Ed002 if you would oblige please- I seem to remember some written comments about Inter missing payment (s) for the Lukaku transfer and subsequently the outstanding amount was now due? Been over to the European pages and given that inter (amongmany) are not at full health financially, is this right or has the problem gone/ been sorted? TIA.


{Ed002's Note - There was a delayed payment for two players.}

1.) 05 May 2021 15:04:11

What would be the outcome of the delayed payments to the monies owed to the clubs?

Would they have to negotiate a new structured payment plan or perhaps make players available who clubs might be interested in as part of a deal for the monies owed?

{Ed002's Note - Nothing.}



29 Apr 2021 12:14:56
Question for ed002 if you could please- after the uproar of the ESL, it was suggested that governing bodies and all and sundry would impose sanctions upon the clubs. Has there been any or is there a planned proposal or info? Thanks in advance.


{Ed002's Note - Legal advice was taken and it came to nothing - there will be no sanctions.}

1.) 29 Apr 2021 14:57:37
Many thanks ed002 - mixed feelings personally as I didn't like the way in which it was rolled out, the esl proposal, whilst think that any sanctions could actually accelerate a change .

2.) 29 Apr 2021 15:31:06
I think we haven’t heard the full details yet, all sorts of stories seem to be leaking, even that some clubs were bounced into it.

3.) 29 Apr 2021 16:15:01
Seems like a right dogs dinner Tony.
The new cl format will give them back door entry possibilities to the cl they just wanted to take control from uefa and keep the money for themselves.



29 Apr 2021 12:05:27
After reading the usual clickbait regarding the transfer business of utd this summer, there is conflicting accounts on Cavani leaving, staying etc. Would you try and keep him another season or part ways and spend (probably big money) on a replacement?
Personally would let him go with a handshake and thanks as I believe he has reasons to be away and there is not a long term solution with him at utd.


1.) 29 Apr 2021 12:41:45
It depends on who we're targeting as a replacement. I'd rather keep Cavani than sign a player like Andre Silva for example as I don't think he'd improve us and isn't as good as Cavani anyway. However, if it's let Cavani go and we will target Harry Kane then it's a different story.

2.) 29 Apr 2021 12:44:37
When fit, Cavani has been one of the best in the league.
Amazing professional with a great striker's instinct.

I see him leaving as he wants to stay close to his family. Even his father reiterated the same.

3.) 29 Apr 2021 13:07:19
Would love Cavani to stay one more season. But he often looks (understandably) frustrated by the lack of quality around him. I think he can't be bothered at his age scratching around waiting while Rashford wastes attack after attack blasting pointless shots into defenders legs or row Z.

4.) 29 Apr 2021 16:08:47
Johnny, bit harsh on Rashford who has been one of the most consistent players in the league this season despite playing the majority of games half fit. If I had to pick one of the two for a first 11 it would be Rashford all day every day and twice on Sunday.

5.) 29 Apr 2021 21:03:27
Not many seem convinced by Silva. Not seen much myself, but I suspect opinions will shift if he ends up taking the golden boot from the Euros. I've had a sneaky punt on Portugal (9/ 1).



22 Mar 2021 21:42:27
Well, after that shocker, its not surprising to see the names we should be signing in the summer!
Rice, Indidi, Haarland, grealish etc but does anyone realistically believe those eg would want to push to leave their current clubs for us?
I will wait with great anticipation ed002s update on what could happen and acknowledge his and others insight but we cannot afford wholesale incomings that are required to make this a go to club for the premier players.

My guess is we could see the need for a good back up keeper, we need at least 1 cb, 1 dm possibly another am or creative mid, atop striker and a right side forward. >7 players and then shipping out equally the same numbers- many on inflated wages that noone will pay fully - ed002 calls it 100% that we are amateurs. As for the manager, he simply isn't cut out for the job, but the rot runs far deeper and further up the club ladder. Very negative showing that is more of a true indicator as to where Man utd are as a club.


1.) 22 Mar 2021 21:49:34
We'll be back in for Oles number 1 target Matty Longstaff. We need more industry in the midfield.

2.) 23 Mar 2021 03:29:19
Oh mumbles, it was Sean longstaff.

3.) 23 Mar 2021 06:59:44
lol Rohan :)

4.) 23 Mar 2021 09:33:25
Thanks Rohan, I'll sleep easier tonight now.

5.) 23 Mar 2021 09:51:37
Funky, this is exactly it. People say we have a great squad, yet we need to ship out at least 7 players, probably a few more long term who aren't at the required level. While we need to bring in replacements for most of those players, the one who don't need replacing because we have young players who can step up only really don't need replacing IF those young players actually step up.

As we have seen with players like Cleverley, Welbeck etc they might have a lot of promise but they don't always make that step up.

Henderson looks like he could replace DDG, but that doesn't mean he will be able to.

Greenwood looks like he can become a top striker, but he is young and there is a long way to go before he is a top striker.

Will AWB develop the offensive side of his game or will he remain a one dimensional full back, great at defending and poor going forward. If not then is that good enough for a top team?

When looking at the squad does anyone truly feel that any of Joel Pereira, Maguire, Bailly, Jones, Fred, Matic, Mata, Lingard, Andreas Pereira, James or Martial are actually good enough to be part of a title winning team? Are any of them even good enough to be a key squad player playing 20-25 games a season for us?

Then we have players like Pogba who wants out, or Telles and Donny who haven't really settled and kicked on yet. Will they ever?

Players like Lindelof and McTominay are solid squad players, are they or will they be good enough to kick on and become first 11 quality for a title winning side?

We have Bruno, Rashford and Shaw (on this season's form) who are definitely good enough and look like players we can build around.

The rest are young players with potential who we are hoping will kick on and reach that potential, but that could be a few years away yet. Players like Henderson, AWB, Tuanzebe, Williams, Garner, Diallo and Greenwood. Some closer than others currently.

So when we assess this squad we need to sort out the GK situation. Henderson can't stay as back up he either needs to be first choice or leave either on loan or permanently. If he stays as first choice what of DDG, can we have the highest paid player in the league sitting on the bench? Probably not so he'll have to leave. Either way one of DDG or Henderson will leave this summer. Meaning we will need a decent back up keeper as Romero will be out of contract and leaving, while Grant is 90 years old and is retiring.

In defence we have one LB who is good enough and one who hasn't yet proven himself in the EPL. Two RB's with potential but still have a way to go. One squad CB, one with potential but injury prone. The rest aren't good enough.

So we definitely need a couple of CB's who are good enough for a title winning team.

In midfield we have one player who wants to leave (Pogba) who on paper is good enough but often doesn't show enough on the pitch. One in Donny who should be good enough, but is really struggling to adapt. A solid squad player in McTominay. While neither Fred or Matic are good enough. We have hope with Garner, but he is at least another year on loan away in reality.

Again ideally we need two first choice options here. Pogba should leave as should Fred and Matic. If Donny can prove himself then we only need one midfielder. But that's a big if.

We have no wingers at all who are good enough. James is a squad player at best. Rashford and Greenwood are strikers who play wide to find space to run at defenders with the ball. But neither are creative enough. Diallo might start to have a squad role over the next year or so.

We 100% need a creative winger who is first team quality. Otherwise all creativity will have to flow through Bruno.

Strikers is a weird one. Martial isn't good enough, he has the quality in his feet but he doesn't have an elite mentality to enable him to use his talents consistently. Rashford plays better from wide left. Cavani looks decent but not quite elite when he is fit enough to play. But at 34 isn't even a short term solution. However, Greenwood has the potential to be an elite striker and will need regular minutes as a striker if he is to reach that potential.
For me the striker situation is all about creating a pathway for Greenwood while not putting a the pressure on him right away to allow him time to develop. We either need to bring in a top level elite striker who is in their late 20's or early 30's, ideally between the ages of 28-31. Someone who can be first choice for a couple of years before being back up to Greenwood in 2-3 years time. Or if we can't get that sort of player then we need to look at a player the next step down from elite level, someone who can carry the burden with Greenwood but won't block him as he develops.

So ideally we need a back-up keeper, at least one CB but ideally two. At least one midfielder, but maybe two. At least one winger and a striker. A minimum of 5 players maybe 7.

While we would need to move on at least as many of not more to make the space in the squad.

6.) 23 Mar 2021 12:25:04
I think cleverly and Wellbeck have epl medals. I think they did step up when called upon by a great manager.
Short memory.
But they Cornhill do it without a great manager just like some of our players now.
Robertson was not regarded a great left back till he played for a great manager.
Henderson never mentioned in the same breath as Keane until he played for a great manager.
Matip a fee transfer from Germany but cl and epl winner under a great manager.
Put ole in charge of city and they struggle imo but they are rebated great players under pep.

7.) 23 Mar 2021 15:47:07
i would like to see a back three- bailly/ tuanzebe/ maguire with awb and shaw as wingback- crazy but play llndlehof as dm then rash bruno and vdb/ mactom with cavani up front- based on who we have. it surely can't be worse than what we have witnessed on occasion.




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11 Jun 2021 17:59:37
ED077 - I think we have already passed that mate with other deals ie., mr pogba.


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11 Jun 2021 11:28:37
still unsure on sancho money mooted after we spent on amad and pellustri as well as having greenwood?


{Ed077's Note - even if all the clauses were met in the Diallo and Pellestri deals, we would still have a lower monetary outlay on those two than on the "additional" /agents fee in Sancho deal. I hope we don't bow down to the demands of Sancho's agents or it will set a very bad precedent IMO.



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04 Jun 2021 18:04:54
Cheers guys- was a new name to me so thought I'd ask on here. Cheers Shappy for the insight. Good bit of business if it comes off for atalanta= buy at 16 almost triple your money and don't even have to get his name plate for car parking space!




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29 May 2021 08:27:42
the major problem is wages for ddg- we gave him an obscene amount of money and there's not many who will be able to or want to pay it.
Saying that we could be looking at £40m value on hendo either sell or player exchange. Romero wages off the books as well as grant pereira but that leaves us bare unless we get say oblak or no.1 and an other backup say johnstone. Would tick a lot of boxes.




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28 May 2021 15:13:39
Spenno -i would have had romero in the europa squad minimum and wouldve brought him on for pens!
His record when he got game time was quite impressive considering the people playing in front of him.





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11 Jun 2021 11:29:45
sean longstaff- say no more.




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08 Jun 2021 12:20:47
tbh shappy can't see him at ot next season - and he does deserve better treatment from us.




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03 Jun 2021 08:52:18
GDS2- I think you misinterpret my post: never said we should recruit everyone we are supposedly linked with my point is the amateurish way we seem to go about business. City, chelsea leicester to name a few seem to identify the players and negotiate to get them. Sancho last season is an example of my point, we cocked it up. Bvd laid down the terms yet we still messed about and in the end we gut reacted and brought in Cavani. He has turned out good as he is a class act but it doesn't always work like that, Falcao/ telles are a prime example. We also let players leave/ go out on loan late window
that can be risky when we don't achieve our targets, the genuine ones. Surely you can see the benefit of securing targets early as possible to hopefully aide gelling into the squad?




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02 Jun 2021 14:04:16
Redman, I'm in agreement-OGS has run his term, had his reflective retirement moment and hopefully is moved on with grace and dignity: that said simeone has had to manage and he has done it well, behind the glitz and glamour of Barcelona and RM and has delivered. Is he the answer : dunno but he like conte has fire in his guts and is a proven winner.
The same old state of affairs in the transfer window is about to open fully and recruiting a top manager is a priority, then the playing staff -get rid of the average/ poor / underperformers and bring in some talent. Every day we are linked with this player etc but city, liverpool, chelsea and a handful of other clubs shine brighter than our recruitment team and get stuff done, whilst we dither about like bumbling idiots looking for 2 bob down the back of the couch. Embarrassing is the only word.




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29 May 2021 08:42:28
DLIB - re your opening post, I fully see where you are coming from and the frustration at the club from top to bottom, but the sad thing is not renewing will not bother the hierachy as some person is waiting in the wings to buy your season ticket. In fact the best part of the stadium could follow your lead and season tickets would still sell out. Its the brand and philosophy that has eviolved over the years for many top clubs. Its your choice and yours alone but it is obvious that 3 decades shoew your support above many prawn sandwich eaters and why should you lose out to someone who doesn't care. Whatever you decide, good luck :)