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30 Aug 2021 14:20:17
Dan James off to Leeds. But a loan deal only, outright transfer or part of a deal for Kalvin Phillips? Know we've looked at Phillips previously but seemingly moved on to other targets?


1.) 30 Aug 2021 14:52:02
A few places suggesting it’s permanent. I’d prefer it that way if it increases our chances of signing a midfielder, but would take a loan. Not sure he’ll ever be United quality, but he’ll improve dramatically under Bielsa. Can see him notching 15 goals/ assists for them this season.

2.) 30 Aug 2021 15:05:03

I agree with except for the 15goals/ assists.

3.) 30 Aug 2021 15:49:01
To be clear, I meant 15 total (like 7 goals + 8 assists or something) .

4.) 30 Aug 2021 16:27:55

I think MH probably knew that and still didn’t agree. Diogo Dalot has completed more dribbles this season than Dan James, he’s played 1 minute.

5.) 30 Aug 2021 16:40:03

Maybe so, but despite his work ethic being great, he is lacking at the top level. Much of that has been due to poor coaching, since he has joined the club. I don't think he has progressed at all.

6.) 30 Aug 2021 17:17:48
Dan Jamesss is like Walcott. Lots of pace but no end product. Infact i'd say Walcott was better then him.

7.) 30 Aug 2021 17:59:38

I couldn't agree more.

8.) 30 Aug 2021 23:41:59
He didn't even look that quick recently. I know he gets "clocked" as one of the fastest players, but with my eyes I rarely look at him running next to a full back and think WOW he's fast.

9.) 30 Aug 2021 23:55:29
Apparently permanant deal. We'll see, bit glad he'll be off, best for everyone.



11 Nov 2020 17:14:00
Is there any update the Eds / fellow posters could provide re January window or future transfer plans? Given we have Diallo arriving in Jan I cannot see us in for Sancho again. We are still crying out for a CB and in my view a CF in this team but not expecting any movement at all in January.

I appreciate Greenwood is the longer term centre forward option and he will get plenty of opportunities this season in all of the front 3 positions. Current press about his attitude etc is more likely just to sell papers and I am aware he's had a close friend pass away. Greenwood will come good I've no doubt about it though not perhaps ready as first choice just yet?

I would prefer Rashford up top to Martial in all honesty and clearly Cavani was a bit of a panic buy late in the day. Albeit he's been a class player in his time. He like the lesser-spotted Ighalo is the wrong side of 30 though and I do think our team could be transformed with a class centre forward. Martial is just to in and out for me.

I strongly suspect the chequebook will be closed until next season and possibly it be a new manager looking to call the shots then. Ole still on borrowed time for me despite the Everton win. It was after all 'just' winning a must win game. And they are kinda all must-win now.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated as always and hope everyone is enduring Lockdown Part Deux as best they can.


{Ed002's Note - Assuming Diallo arrives he won’t be for the first team.}

1.) 11 Nov 2020 18:33:52
Having spent £25m of our precious coin on Diallo and Pellistri combined (though paper quotes suggest that as high as £40m) I had mistakenly assumed one, Diallo presumably, would have been earmarked to integrate into the first team. I appreciate we, as all teams are doing, are buying up a lot of younger prospects at the moment though.

Does Diallo still have a work permit issue Ed? I am conscious he looks to have had a name change from Traore which doesn't strike me as a good sign!

{Ed002's Note - There is an ongoing investigation due to rule in December.}

2.) 11 Nov 2020 23:06:37
Thanks Ed. Very helpful.



10 Oct 2020 15:00:50
The young Swansea CB Joe Rodon may be heading to Spurs seemingly but I'm conscious he was noted by the Eds as a player we've looked at previously. Is a move to Tottenham a done deal or someone United could yet look to before the 16Oct deadline?


{Ed002's Note - I had said there was no interest.}

1.) 10 Oct 2020 16:47:00
Thanks Ed002. Hope you're having a good weekend.

{Ed002's Note - A very busy weekend. But thanks.}



15 Aug 2020 12:29:08
Eds know if there's been any genuine United interest in Chilwell at Leicester? Or the usual United clickbait? I think he's Chelsea bound.

Talking of leftbacks one of our ex scouts apparently made not one, not two, but forty reports on a certain Alphonso Davies with a strong recommendation to sign him. Maybe our scouts aren't as crap as what we think. Their info just isn't acted on.


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approach by MU.}

1.) 15 Aug 2020 14:23:23
Only appeared in the news a couple of days ago. get the feeling it’s just one of those stories to set up ‘chilwell chooses Chelsea over united’ headlines.

2.) 15 Aug 2020 18:27:50
Cheers Ed. Suspected it was the usual press BS.



21 Jul 2020 20:01:22
Sancho deal is done.
He's getting on the plane to us on 27July.
Just hope it's not the same one Sneijder is still taxiing on the runway.


1.) 21 Jul 2020 20:37:48
I doubt it mate.

2.) 22 Jul 2020 12:29:04
I remember John Obi Mikel holding up a United shirt all signed sealed and delivered. So don't blame me for keeping my powder dry on this one until I see him out on the pitch for us.

3.) 22 Jul 2020 18:22:38
Yes John Obi Mikel was a strange one. We did technically buy him and sold him to Chelsea before he kicked a ball as I recall. He was a good player for them.




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31 Aug 2021 19:08:51
So our midfield list was seemingly:
Disappointing not to get one of those but let's not forget we effectively swapped Dan James for Ronaldo and signed two quality first teamers in Varane and Sancho.
Ole has no excuses this season. Silverware and a title challenge is the minimum.




08 Aug 2021 15:26:38
Given the fire sale at Barcelona and Inter respectively amongst others, do United have interest in players such as Frenkie de Jong or Lautaro Martinez?

Quality midfielder and forward respectively who'd add a lot.

De Jong I see as 'ungettable' but then again nobody was expecting Messi not to stay.

Martinez I can see going to Spurs if they cash in on Kane to City.


{Ed002's Note - I am not sure what fire sales you are referring to. Barcelona would be happy to sell Griezmann, Coutinho or several others to you.}

1.) 08 Aug 2021 21:39:15
Halesini, I said exactly the same to my brother the other day regarding De Jong.
Any other window and he’d be seen as out of bounds but I’d definitely be looking to test Barca’s resolve with a £50m bid.

2.) 09 Aug 2021 09:52:37
Do Utd have interest in FDJ. i'm sure Utd need to sell before making any further signings.

From ED002s posts, FDJ has never been mentioned as a target for Utd. Whereas players like Rice, Saul have.

{Ed002's Note - No.}

3.) 09 Aug 2021 12:51:06
Thanks ED002,

I thought it was unlikely. I'm hoping to see a few players sold aswell.



31 Jul 2021 16:35:48
Hope you're all having a good summer chaps and chapesses and looking forward to the new season.

Ole will always divide opinion and it feels 60/ 40 against Norway's finest at best here most of the time and sure there will be some points more like 80/ 20 at times also.

Pivotal season in his tenure though as having been backed now with his first choice RW and CB now is a must win season. We have been starved of real success for so long that many would be happy with an FA or League Cup - I remember the 80s when that was all that was ever on offer! But real success now can surely only be judged by winning the Premier League or Champions League. And the odds makers would certainly suggest that's not going to happen (8/ 1 for the League and 14/ 1 for the UCL for those who like a flutter) .

So two questions:
1 - do you see United winning silverware this season and if so why do you think that is?

For me, yes - much better defensive partnership with Varane once settled and we finally have a RW we have been crying out for. Another season for Greenwood to develop and our longer term CF learning from Cavani.

2 - who do you see as United's long term keeper?

De Gea has been off the boil from his once world class perch for 3 seasons though with a fixed and better CB partnership in front of him and Shaw's resurgence I think we will be better defensively for sure. Henderson looked to be emerging as Ole's first choice but if so surely he would've played in the Europa League Final? So toss of a coin for me!


{Ed014's Note -

1. No
2. Phil Jones

1.) 31 Jul 2021 17:46:55
No I don't see United winning silverware this season. Certainly not the PL or CL. Can never say we won't win a cup because there's been plenty of below average managers who have had one decent cup run. However, I don't deem it likely.

As for the goalkeeping situation, I think we should go with Henderson but I really don't care. I'd just like to see a decision made for one and the other to be sold this summer.

2.) 31 Jul 2021 17:05:33
Ed that is harsh, Jones is learning from Cavani as next striker. He is going to put off opposition keepers by gunning.

{Ed014's Note - haha my bad mate! I’m amazed he hasn’t won a trophy with his gurning!

3.) 31 Jul 2021 18:10:41
1 yes, quadruple at the very least.

2 Henderson.

{Ed014's Note - you’re definitely in with a chance, of Henderson taking the keepers spot that is! 😉

4.) 31 Jul 2021 18:46:33
1. Who need titles when we got Ole.

2. In the short term DeGea and probably Henderson in the long term.

Ed014, heard that Jones got too excited being promoted as GK that he injured himself getting off the phone.

{Ed014's Note - 🤣🤣 bless him!

5.) 31 Jul 2021 18:55:30
1, we nearly won a cup last season so you've always got a chance in the cups. Whether we will or not depends on our luck in the draws and whether we can find a bit of form.

2, I think this is the season to give Henderson a run. I think with Varane signing we will be able to play a higher line, with that you need a keeper who can play the sweeper keeper role and come off their line. DDG isn't any good at that, while Henderson is. Again whether he can prove himself good enough long term remains to be seen.

6.) 31 Jul 2021 19:50:15
Shappy: Varane definitely means we can play higher up the pitch so agree the sweeper keeper comment which we know isn't a De Gea aspect. I thought it would be Henderson first choice this season but the Europa final threw me. Who knows maybe Tom Heaton will give them a run for their money.

Ed14: Jones was planning to play as a keeper but has unfortunately been forced to miss out his Lee Grant Soccer Skills goalie training due to injury.

As for winning something this year, I genuinely think Ole will break his silverware duck. Though wasn't quite planning on selling the house and backing the 135/ 1 odds available on a league and UCL double!

7.) 31 Jul 2021 19:51:46
he is certainly god blessed to survive at United for a decade without actually playing much 😉.

8.) 31 Jul 2021 22:37:00
No and sell them both. Ddg would be my choice if they both stay.

9.) 01 Aug 2021 10:15:09
1. League or CL, no. We have a chance in the League cup, possibly the FA Cup, as Leicester showed. I don’t think there is enough tactical awareness and ability to pull off the big ones. I wonder if we can score goals in big moments, see the EL final or semi finals. With Varane we should push up the pitch but goal scoring at key times is going to be vital.

2. Honest answer is neither Henderson or DDG. I suspect DDG has lost the confidence of defenders and Henderson never gained it. Henderson’s positioning for the Salah goal at OT made me seriously doubt him. Looks to me like we have dithered on a decision. DDG is probably a better shot stopper, but Henderson does sweep and communicate better, needed in modern keeping. Probably start with Henderson if we are pushing the line higher. I probably would have sold both and gone for Oblack with Heaton as back up. I would not have dealt with Romero in the way he was either.



23 Jul 2021 17:07:09
Sancho done.
Varane likely?

More to be done still but progress at last.

Pogba - surely heading to PSG now. I suspect we will live with an offer as little as £30m for him now given he goes for nothing next summer. Running down your contract - who knew!

Clearly having bought Van De Beek last season that may give him a chance now without the need for a direct Pogba replacement but is he up to it? Looked class at Ajax and was in Ballol D'Or Top 30 aged 22. Eds have said before though he (or perhaps only his agent) were looking to move him on though.

Selling / losing Pogba and possibly selling Van De Beek in the same summer would be an absolute travesty if not going for Grealish. Still think he is a born United player but he will go to City and we will regret massively not trying to sign him last summer.

Have the links to Saul / Camavinga / Neves. Very positive to hear. Read an interesting article on The Athletic quoting Camavinga as the player who would give us most impact and at 18 he is a great prospect. Will we learn from the mistake of Bellingham though and give some firmer first team playing guarantees and sign him? Looks tremendous value at £30-40m being quoted.

Eds have noted Athletico are looking to move Saul off their wage bill and clearly he is a class player. Neves would settle in quickly too given the Fernandes connection and his experience of the league also.

Pogba saga finally being over, a new RW, new CB and new CDM would surely be too good to be true in one summer!


1.) 23 Jul 2021 17:30:00
Halesini - that's asking a lot.
I truly think if we replace Pogba with a top midfielder as well as bringing in Varane and Sancho represents a good transfer window.
I truly believe that Hannibal should be brought through this year, this kid oozes class. He's a top passer of the ball, extremely cool in position and can create chances and is always positive with the ball. I am really hoping that Ole gives him a chance this year.

2.) 23 Jul 2021 21:40:28
I agree sim01975. I really like the look of Hannibal, I’m hoping to see him in the squad this season.



05 Jun 2021 21:22:22
BBC quoting neither United or City interested in paying Villa's alleged valuation of Grealish at £130m.

Surely that means young (ish) Jack stays at Villa and he may regret signing his longer term deal with them.

Would've loved to see Grealish in a United shirt but last season was the golden missed opportunity.


1.) 06 Jun 2021 07:20:46
3 summers ago Spurs reportedly bid 27 million for him and Villa were holding out for 30 -dont know how true that is but it was the figure in the tabloids.

He isn't worth anywhere near that and with 130 - 150 mill we could ;

Sell De Gea and Hendo and bring in Oblak and Trippier (todays incoming tabloid links)

Sell Bailly and Lindelof Buy Pau Torres plus one of Milenkovic or Skrinniar - ( incoming tabloid linked)

Sell Lingard, Matic, pereria and Dalot - Bring in Bissouma and Sancho (yawn) for a net spend of 130-150 mill depending on if you bought 1 or 2 centre halves -- yes its fantasy football manger but at this stage in development we need at least 3 first team starters and not one superstar.

2.) 06 Jun 2021 08:35:23
Its not just the first team that needs improving. If the EL final is anything to go by, Ole doesn't have any faith in the squad either.

3.) 06 Jun 2021 09:37:10
I don't have faith in ole. The squad was good enough to beat villareal.

4.) 06 Jun 2021 10:51:25
The loss against Villarreal and the absolute shockingly poor performance, lack of attacking intent, tactics and nous from Ole has really cost him lot of brownie points with those who were giving him time to achieve something- the manner of that loss won't easily be forgotten.

5.) 06 Jun 2021 21:19:18
We’d have some team there Boyfromburrenway with those signings. Spurs must be kicking themselves for not signing Grealish. Maybe he goes to City for £100m + a player. Or maybe City just call Villa out on too high a valuation. Ain’t seeing him in a United shirt sadly.




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31 Aug 2021 19:05:23
Martial has more chance of signing for Melchester Rovers today than PSG. Sulkychops is here to stay sadly. Frustrating as we know there’s a talented lad there. Just doesn’t show it anywhere often enough!




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30 Aug 2021 19:50:45
Think Bielsa needs a medical if he’s paying £30m for James lol.

Great business.




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15 Aug 2021 22:58:27
I don't see a player over 21 coming in if we sell squad players such as Lingard, Pereira, Dalot. I think we will try for Camavinga. 18, a player who could be anything and who Rennes will look to sell for now for £30-40m or get let go for nothing next year. And age wise, as I understand it, he'd be outside the rules of the 25 man squad - happy to be corrected on that!




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09 Aug 2021 22:25:41
Ports - Nani was a lot better than Martial. But Nani wasn't good enough ultimately. Unless I missed all those Ballon d'Or awards he won when he left us.




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08 Aug 2021 15:28:42
Martial is better than Rashford? It’s all about opinions. Even bizarre ones. Martial is a Nani of a player. Capable of a 9/ 10 performance that really makes you say wow. But his average per game is probably a 4 or 5 out of 10. Woeful.





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14 Nov 2021 20:28:07
Zidane has no interest In United. He can go anywhere he wants. And that looks to be France national manager. Any rumours linking him to us are just that.

Rodgers - United is a step-up for him. Plays a great style in fairness but he has not got the CV to manage United, notwithstanding he'd be a step up from Ole.

Pochettino - again not won anything but his style would suit.

My fear of both of them is are they going to be 'nearly men'.

If we wanted to be treated seriously as a major club we should be writing Ajax a cheque for whatever it takes to the secure the services of Van der Sar, Overmars and Ten Hag.

I see us 'defaulting' to Rodgers after next few poor results from Ole. It is a big step up, will improve us no doubt, but deep down that still leaves us behind, I think in order, Tuchel, Guardiola and Klopp.




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14 Nov 2021 20:13:00
Fair point re our new assets not being deployed. Strange set up from the financials:

Fred - cost £50m - Non league level player at times but the heart of our midfield

Van de Beek - cost £40m - Never given a chance despite easily being way ahead of the likes of Fred on paper (different positions accepted)

Sancho - cost £73m - Played handful of times despite being 'the next boy wonder'

Somebody make it make sense!

As for £89m Pogba - Fergie has clearly been proved right on that one.




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17 Oct 2021 23:16:15
A collection of attack-minded individuals and no plan for midfield is best way to describe how we set-up. Hence the reliance on McFred as they are played as two more defensive minded players who can let others play with more freedom. Bruno playing more as a forward more often than not.

Problem is neither McTominay or Fred are defensive midfielders!

I'm going to go out on a limb and say the solution is within that squad though. Fred isn't good enough - his ball retention is woeful. McTominay should be playing hs natural game as a box to box midfielder. Matic is past it. Pogba - the great enigma that he is, just ain't good enough either due to his inconsistency - and let's face it why build a team with him when so obvious he is leaving.

There are two much-maligned players in the squad who if given a chance in the right roles could change things massively.

We seem to open when adopting 433 but we have done it with the wrong players. i'd play Lindelof (yes that one) as a DM with 2 box to box midfielders aside him in McTominay and Van De Beek.

Bruno plays behind a front 2 of Rashford and Ronaldo. With the options of Sancho, Greenwood, Cavani from the bench.

We have Fred, Matic and Pogba who I'd be quite happy not to see in a United shirt again.

Maybe from all of this though the ultimate ask if do we change several players in the team or just one man managing it all and I think the answer is now clear on that one!




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30 Sep 2021 19:27:14
Bolger - I would love to see 442 or perhaps 352 with Ronaldo and Cavani up front. Both are world class and great work rate. Clearly they may not last 90mins but we have great options from the bench in Rashford, and Greenwood able to play up top too. I'd go Rashford / Sancho on the wings in a 442 and Greenwood as the supersub.




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30 Sep 2021 19:23:06
In fairness to our much maligned glorious managerial leader we had identified RB as a weak spot and were after Trippier but priced out of a deal. Granted the DM is a much more curious tale. I don't think anyone would cry a tear if they never saw Fred or Dalot in a United shirt again. Though maybe Fred has secretly been a left back all along (preferably in the changing rooms) .