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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.

Halesini

{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?

Halesini

{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.

Halesini

{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.

Halesini

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.


 

 

30 Jun 2020 12:50:45
Hi Eds
Is it possible to provide any updated list of United's transfer targets? Comments on Sky today attributed to United suggesting we'd only pay £50m for Sancho so assume we can definitely scratch him from the list.

Just the 37 points behind Liverpool so clearly it's time to penny pinch : (

Federico Chiesa at Inter and Ferran Torres at Valencia previously mentioned as RW alternatives. Do you see either appearing in a United shirt next season? Or do you see a cheaper option such as Willian for a free transfer being what our glorious leaders will opt for.

Criminal not to address RW with a genuine class player in the next transfer window.

Halesini

{Ed002's Note - Again, I don't really think much has changed at the moment and the club will look to to prioritise. Previously a DM would have been a target, but a new contract for Matic has delayed the immediate need. A versatile left sided CM/AM (ideally Jack Grealish) is still wanted. There is interest in the future with interest in Jude Bellingham remaining but a move being unlikely right now. Joe Hugill being taken as an option to Gelhardt. The club need to decide what to do about adding a striker with Odion Ighalo being the low cost option post his loan ending in January.

There are other youngsters the club have an interest in and could still look to cherry-pick like Ricky-Jade Jones and Kalvin Phillips. Then the issue shifts to players departing to make space. Donny van der Beek (CM) and Saul Niguez (CM) interest will have gone if Pogba decides to run down his contract next season because the club are holding him to ransom and may have no Champions League - and there is interest in both playersfrom elsewhere. A decision needs to be made as Manchester United may have the chance to replace Pogba with one of these players but they continue to make matters difficult for themselves.

In terms of Jadon Sancho, it is the overall cost of the package that is the major issue. His "agent" has approached other sides offering a better deal in terms of fees but both see the overall package as too high. Ferran Torres wants to be elsewhere and I don't see that happening. Federico Chiesa remains a very good option as I have explained. I doubt Manchester United woul offer Willian a three year contract if he becomes available.}


1.) 30 Jun 2020 14:04:43
Thanks Ed. Chiesa and Saul would be immense but Pogba running his contract down looks more likely.


2.) 30 Jun 2020 15:12:29
You'd like to think United will make a reasonable amount from sales with Smalling, Rojo, Jones, Pereira, Lingard and others available. Having any takers for the majority of them may be difficult though.

Chiesa looks like the best option at the moment. He's also played in a front two so the split striker tactic which we deploy when playing 3 at the back could suit him as well.

Ed, I don't suppose United have looked at Traore? I'd guess his cost would be very high as well.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approach for Traore.}


3.) 30 Jun 2020 21:26:33
Thanks Ed2 for the update.
My I ask what the options On the table to get rid of Pogba are?

You keep saying we are messing it up and making it difficult.
Sounds to me like there would be a reasonable offer on the table and the Plan to replace him with Saul/ van de Beek is done as well and we are just too stupid to sign it all off.

Is that really the case?

Thanks A lot in advance.

{Ed002's Note - There are none right now Jonny.}


4.) 01 Jul 2020 11:37:54
But we missed the opportunity last summer, right?
In hindsight it would have been way smarter to get Bruno in and sell Paul to Real Madrid.
But hindsight is a bitch 😂

What is the preferred option within United at the moment?
Keep Paul (with an extension) or sell him off and sign Van de Beek or Saul?

{Ed002's Note - Manchester United are not communicating with PP's representative who is focussed on other transfers now. van der Beek is now considering options and has permission to speak to other clubs. Nothing is happening with Saul.}


5.) 01 Jul 2020 14:24:24
So we would need to engage his agent in new talks to move this forward, otherwise nothing is going to happen?

Seems to me like stubborn kids waiting for the other to say sorry first. Guess time plays against the club here.

No chance of signing van der Beek regardless of what happens to Paul? He doesn’t seem to be overpriced to me.

What’s the deal with Sancho right now?
It seems we have set a max of 50mil for his transfer fee. Is that due to the fact that we can‘t negotiate the agent and possible third parties down and try to get the total costs down?
Or is it trying to safe face after it‘s clear we will not be able to sign him?
Any other angle I‘m missing?

Thanks a lot for your insights and time.

{Ed002's Note - (1) Manchester United seem to have no interest in moving this forward and the interested sides are looking at their other options. (2) The club would need to make space in the side for van der Beek. (3) The situation with Sancho is the price as I have explained - and perhaps his desire to move elsewhere. I know nothing of any maximum transfer fee (any limit would be on the total upfront costs not just part of it). There is nothing to stop Manchester United negotiating with his agent but he has offered a better deal to two other sides already - but it hasn't helped.}


6.) 01 Jul 2020 15:40:17
Thanks Ed!

1) is there an explanation for this? Are they expecting/ hoping Paul will extend if he doesn’t get the move?
2) so van der Beek wouldn’t join as it is right now?
3) I was talking about the Max fee of 50 million quid wandering through the press right now. Not saying I believe it, but that’s why I am asking you. What kind of fee is the agent looking for?

Thanks and have a good evening.

{Ed002's Note - (1) Because they are hopeless amateurs. (2) Where would he play? It is Grealish they will look to first. (3) His agent is looking for €50M from Manchester United. Plus there are other fees it seems easy for people to ignore.}


7.) 01 Jul 2020 16:39:35
Thanks Ed.
1)it seems Woodward/ the Team will only ever concentrate on one deal And then move on to the next.
Is that actually what’s happening?
2) he could rotate with Bruno and Paul
3) is there any reasoning for the 50 Million? Or us it simply a case of using your power over the player to extract the Max amount?
Have we paid such excessive, at least it sounds to me, before? Habe we set a precedent there?

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - (1) I don't know, people keep naming Woodward but there are others involved and the club's structure is not something to be discussed. (2) Sure, but this sounds like the Liverpool's fans viewpoint on how they will be using Mbappe, Dybala and many others they are signing. You need to keep in mind that the squad is restricted to 25 over 21 and only 17 non Home Grown. Manchester United have the opportunity to cherry pick between the likes of van der Beek, Milinkovic-Savic and Saul as higher-end options to replace Pogba but have completely lost direction with the main issue they should have been working on. Grealish is the one unrelated to this as he offers something different - as does Cantwell who was also looked at. (3) It is nothing to do with power over the player it is to do with a planned rule change. It is cheaper for two other sides. The fees paid for the transfer of Pogba from Juventus were not dissimilar, but I don't want to open that up again.}


8.) 01 Jul 2020 19:37:35
So if Utd wait a year they would hope to get an overall cheaper deal?

{Ed002's Note - They cannot be that stupid.}


9.) 01 Jul 2020 23:02:14
Seems like the club need to grow a set get the player and agent in a room and ask the question if he wants to stay in not (if they have t already) then act on it with pogba rather than being childish and acting like nothings happening because pogba hasn't said it in person to them (although he did say it in a addidas press appearance last year!? ) If we can choose between Saul van de beek and SMS I'd sell pogba and bring in Donny and Saul. I'd also give grealish a miss as I don't see whatever the club seems too especially at the supposed fees. Would aouar from Lyon not be a better option for the am/ lm ed?


 

 

 

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24 Jan 2021 21:00:02
Always great to beat the old enemy but that was a really weird game to watch. Both sides had some good spells and could've easily gone either way. Perhaps we just edged it but it matters not anyway as we are in the next round.

McTominay - couldn't believe my ears when praised by the commentators as thought he was poor gifting possession in dangerous areas.

Rashford looked great but he can't play 60 games a season as we expect him too. At least Martial is relegated to his understudy now though where he should be for the rest of the season!

Cavani deserved a goal and was so close to one.

Great to see Mason score as will be great for his confidence.

Shaw again looked to have a great game. Rest of the defence still have a 1-0 start for the opposition in them though!

Halesini

1.) 24 Jan 2021 21:31:30
I think a few were guilty of giving the ball away in dangerous positions. Enjoyed the game though, we played some lovely stuff.


 

 

26 Dec 2020 15:24:26
Disappointing result having led twice, especially with only 8 or 9 mins left too. We all know that defensively we are not strong enough and whilst we will always score we concede practically every game. That will ultimately cost us winning a title for example though we are making good progress and expect we can achieve Top4 and win a cup this year. Though both of those should be our minimum standard now for Ole.

Martial, having played well against Leeds despite missing two absolute sitters, returned to his more usual 4 out of every 5 games sloppy-shouldered poor self today. Just why is this 25yo millionaire athlete playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world so miserable all the time! He just doesn't look interested in some games and as I have said previously is just not a No.9.

We looked better when Pogba and Cavani came on and had decent chances spurned yet again. But that's football and at least we are watching a side now that is creating them.

Football is about fine margins and I know with a win we would have getting all excited about a title challenge whilst deep down knowing that defence is not good enough for such. Some sloppy defending and not clearing our lines as a team cost us today.

Still, we are 4 points off Liverpool having played same games and have to play them twice. We are a point off Leicester with a game in hand and also playing them at home to come. So by my reckoning we win the league now if we just win all our remaining games ;)

Halesini

1.) 26 Dec 2020 15:35:16
An attack on martial, but what about the rashford sitter miss and the first goal where doesn't move the ball better and we concede.


2.) 26 Dec 2020 16:14:02
Rashford won’t get stick because he’s the golden boy but he consistently misses big chances and will never be a number 9. Mason needs to be given a run of games there or Cavani needs to start. Just think if we had a striker like Kane with those chances. He’d bag 40 a season.


3.) 26 Dec 2020 16:22:38
Some baffling selections today it has to be said. Lindelof at RB despite Axel having played well there against Everton (I know he's recently back from injury but still), starting Martial ahead of Cavani and Daniel James being anywhere near the lineup.

Despite that, the reason we didn't win today is down to bad defending and some awful finishing from Rashford. The header was a sitter and the admittedly good save from Schmeichel is only good because of how strong his hand stayed, it was hit straight at it despite having a couple of yards of goal to aim at.

We're a strange side, I'd honestly struggle to pick a game this season in the Premier League where we have looked good for an hour of it. Yet, we're in a good position with a game in hand. We've had some great comebacks but some truly shocking performances. We seem to have a manager who hasn't a clue who to pick from week to week but his subs generally work based on the comebacks. We also have Bruno Fernandes which is definitely the biggest positive. As I said, very very strange side so we are.


4.) 26 Dec 2020 16:37:10
Odd choice at right back. Lindelof has been playing in pain but rb is a lot more running twisting and turning than cb so its was a risk that didn't come off.
Other than that sure it was 2 points lost rather than 1 gained. But we have had games go in our favour that we didn't really deserve too so that can happen.
2 real sitters missed and a couple of great saves sure they missed a couple but nothing like ours.
A few good performances a few shakey and a couple poor.
Apart from the odd rb selection the subs were good today perhaps you could say cavani could have come on at 60 but all in all ole went to his often preferred midfield.
Some nice stuff played in flashes but very sporadic. We do look shakey and vulnerable at times but grind away working hard.
Id imagine we will see 4 or 5 changes for the next game at home with awb pogba cavani greenwood and maybe telles starting. Strong squad and ole has been finding a way to rotate and get results in the league. Let's hope a few others slip up.


 

 

25 Dec 2020 12:17:58
Wishing all the Eds and posters a very Merry Christmas.

Or if you're in a Tier 4 area Happy Friday!

Best wishes

N.

Halesini

 

 

10 Dec 2020 12:09:59
Henderson looking for a loan move in January? Can't see the club agreeing to that as its Romero we want to sell but a smart move by Dean if true. He's putting pressure on Ole to play him which I'd expect from an ambitious 23yo No.2 keeper who has been quite vocal that he is ready for the top spot. Interesting to see if Ole sticks by De Gea despite him looking like yesterday's man for some time now. With the Euros just around the corner Henderson wants playing time as Pickford has to face stiffer competition for the England goalkeeping jersey surely.

Halesini

1.) 10 Dec 2020 12:41:36
Pickford and Pope aren’t top level keepers so I think if Dean claims our number 1 jersey he’s a shoe in to be England’s number 1. I’d be surprised if clubs aren’t in for him come January as the standard of goalkeeping overall has been quite poor in recent seasons, excluding the Brazilian pair.


2.) 10 Dec 2020 15:08:17
The problem is, we could be paying DDG monster wage stonking on the bench. Again poor from Utd to get him to commit to a deal like that when he was playing so badly.

It would surprise me if they tired to get Pogba to sign a similar contract. Hopefully they come to their senses.


3.) 10 Dec 2020 17:56:24
I agree De Gea's wages are bonkers. Same for Pogba. Have to show some balls to drop anyone though regardless how big a name they are or what money they are on.

Henderson deserves a shot in my book. Would be a travesty if his desire for first team football saw him leave us.


 

 

09 Dec 2020 20:58:38
Looks like Mauricio Pochettino is going to be a busy boy as, depending on who you believe, he's going to manage United, PSG, Real and Barca.

Not bad for someone who has yet to win a trophy lol.

I see United sticking with Ole. Hoping for one result at a time rather than any longer strategic planning than that. Think whenever Ole's United managerial history is written it will note he was only ever 3 games away from the sack. Clearly with the anger at the UCL games it could be a critical few days ahead.

An unlikely home win v City needed to calm things down. Can see the opposite though and #PochIn trending soon after.

Halesini

1.) 09 Dec 2020 21:54:31
I am getting old, so many years of watching incompetent boards putting up with years of dross. Right now sentiment is driving those who say sit and wait, in x years Ole will be alright, then in 12 months they will realise he is not the right one.

United sticking with Ole is that sign of the sentimental core which means we cannot break free, we cannot run a football club properly.

Winning against City didn’t calm us down last season, false dawn after false dawn. Just extends the nonsense.


2.) 09 Dec 2020 22:14:05
Halesini,

Is it that unlikely that we win at the weekend? It’s about as likely that we win or lose any game, there’s no consistency at all.


3.) 09 Dec 2020 22:24:31
Poch off to PSG, Nagelsmann going to Real, Xavi back to Barca. Next United Manager .


4.) 09 Dec 2020 23:41:11
Has to be big sam.


5.) 10 Dec 2020 08:05:29
Rooney, Rio, Giggs, Scholes, Becks. take your pick but the board are stupid enough 🤔.


6.) 10 Dec 2020 08:25:14
GDS2 - agree we can beat City or get mullered by them. It’s flip of a coin as to which United turns up. If we lose I think Woodward has his opportunity to pull the trigger and may do so if he realises his choice for next manager is increasingly more likely to head to PSG or Real. I’m just highlighting the obvious that it’s yet another pivotal moment and must win game.


 

 

 

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22 Dec 2020 11:50:52
Ed002 you noted we would be in for a LM and RW as well as a DM. That's as well as the more pressing need for a CB who'd be a first team regular, likely replacing Lindelof. I am worried slightly that a centre forward isn't noted.
Our options are:
- Cavani, 33, class player but at the age where injuries will be harder to shake off and suggest max 25-30 games a season. Great addition to the squad tho IMO.
- Greenwood, 19, a fantastic talent who will be our long term No.9 if he continues to fulfil his potential. Being used more as RW due to wider squad deficiencies which is a role he's not particularly suited to.
- Martial, 25, been at the club 5 years now and supposedly now at the peak of his powers but woefully inconsistent. He is not a natural No.9 for me (hence we bizarrely have Martial and Greenwood both out of sync from what they're best at) .
- Ighalo, loan ending soon hence discounted.

I appreciate Greenwood is the future but we are light up top for a title challenge now if relying on Martial as the main man. Surely this looked to have been identified as a weak spot if we bid for Haaland only last January. Or do you think that was more speculative on our part given Ole gave him his debut and the Norwegian connection?

Your sage counsel welcomed as always. And regardless hope all the Eds and posters have a great Christmas.

Halesini

{Ed002's Note - Part of the problem is that Manchester United have taken to adding RWs without properly addressing the issue. Pellistri arrived and now Amad Traore will arrive added to Greenwood and Lindgard (although Lindgard will be out of contract in the summer). As far as a striker goes, beyond another younger player being added, will depend on how the rest of the season pans out (if a Director of Football arrives, if there is a change of coach etc..). Right now the focus remains on a CB as the highest priority.}


 

 

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15 Dec 2020 12:07:49
Agree with TRD that Ole is making some questionable decisions on a regular basis.
Henderson coming back to us in a pre Euros year didn't make any sense to me unless he was given assurances around game time which clearly are promises not being kept. Not as though De Gea is producing the world class quality we know he has on any level of consistency. I admire Henderson for coming back and having the confidence to stake his claim for the No.1 spot - but it is being ignored.
Henderson MUST start in all cup games for me regardless whether that's against Tinpot FC or Milan in the Europa League Final.

Van de Beek is a very strange one too. Clearly the lad has bags of talent and we look more of a threat going forward when he plays. How he is not making appearances at least in front of Pogba is a mystery.

Ole's reliance on Fred and McTominay for me says more about his not trusting his defence hence more creative players like VDB are not getting as much of a look-in.

Even then though if we can play Mata at RW on occasion surely VDB can fill that berth too.

We have a mix of defence and attack minded midfielders now but other than Fernandes there is nobody who stands out as a must pick.

We are 3 players short for me, 4 if you include Henderson playing more than De Gea.

The Maguire-Lindelof partnership simply let's too many goals in. A new CB has to be our main priority as strengthening the back will allow us more creative players in midfield. There is no rule that says we can only have Bruno as the creative influence!

Ideally we would swap out Pogba for a completely different player in Saul but one who could offer so much more balance to the team overall. Giving a better platform for both defence and attack.

And finally as much as we harp on about our lack of a RW it is a 25 goal a season centre forward we are crying out to replace the woefully inconsistent Martial with. Appreciate Greenwood will fulfil that role in time but we need our new No.9 now.

We do have some good players at the club and in what is a very open year league wise it would not take too much to get this team into a title challenging position. Ole has to be much braver than he is to do that. Any big name can be sacrificed if they are not performing whether its De Gea, Maguire, Fernandes etc. Ole lacks the balls to do that though I fear.

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13 Nov 2020 17:58:53
Dybala is a good player for sure but plays mainly as a second striker. Is that the position we really need to reinforce the most? Feels like we'd go for him due to convenience rather than extensively scouted him etc and he be right for the team. Mishandling Pogba will lose us some serious cash ultimately. If we were going to swap Pogba for anyone at Juventus though I'd be targeting Matthijs de Ligt. At least then that's moving on a known problem for a potential solution (to our CB issue) .

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

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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!

Halesini

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


 

 

 

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15 Jan 2021 10:36:07
Think Jonaldinho's observations are spot on.

We have to treat both upcoming Liverpool games as Cup Finals. We can lose both and it will smart a little but we'd still be in a title race with them and bowing out of the Cup early may be a good thing with that in mind.

Obviously I'd prefer us to win both of them 10-0.

Main thing is we need to attack from the outset. How we set up and first 15 mins will be very telling. These are the games we are well capable of winning and despite our woeful start the league table suggests we are the best in it doesn't it? (For now! ) . And yes I still expect City win this league btw.

League position can change radically - just ask Spurs. And I strongly suspect our position can vary from 1st to 6th and back again in the next few months. Its the first season in ages where teams could genuinely be fighting for the title in April and finish outside the Top 4 in May.

We all know we have our defensive frailties and are clearly overly reliant on Bruno and a tired-looking Rashford. let's see what this season brings though. Regardless where we end up though we have been playing some good stuff and are currently at the top on merit. Ole gets enough slagging off. He deserves some credit for that.

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13 Jan 2021 17:08:54
I was surprised Neville didn't mention how fantastic Leeds were in defeat as well.

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13 Jan 2021 17:07:46
Neville's 'he didn't get the ball' comment was really winding me up as clearly he did! A faint touch and appreciate momentum then went into the Burnley player but there was no malice in that and I thought it was grossly unfair to give a yellow. Especially when you consider Brady's more obvious red / denial of clear goalscoring opportunity was then negated. I think that and Maguire's goal disallowed were both suspect. I appreciate there was a handball shout against Maguire also and obviously Pogba's winner was deflected. Though I'd still say Burnley had more luck in that game.

It was a great win. Actually played quite well in the second half and there only looked like being one winner.

Winning last night was actually more important than the Liverpool game if only because we were expected to win. let's be honest we have had great results recently bar the City cup game but could've easily dropped 4 points against Wolves and Villa based on how we played. So last night was return to a game we really deserved to win.

Obviously the Liverpool game is massive. But we can get beat (as most would expect at the start of the season) and still be second potentially.

It is such a fascinating title race this year and we are definitely in it. That said I think, City, Liverpool, Everton, Leicester and Spurs are all in it too.

I think City have a few easy games now and expect they will be top come end of the month and probably in May also. We just have to keep grinding out results though.

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01 Jan 2021 15:56:33
I like Trippier as a player and agree he would be a good addition to the squad. But I don't see RB as the priority. There is a rumour about Max Aarons at Norwich who I'd probably rather see as direct competition for AWB than a player who's 30. Williams should be natural understudy though at RB. He will get plenty of games given the picture congestion. Agree Fosu-Mensah isn't a RB. Not really a CB either and suspect he will be sold / contract not extended.

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30 Dec 2020 17:14:32
Mumbles we know United are miles off being the finished article but Christ man we've made some improvements. Remember Ole asked for Grealish, Sancho and Upamecano and got none of those reinforcements. Instead we have Van de Beek who Ed has already noted looks to be potentially off elsewhere and Cavani - a last minute addition though he's a quality player and can do a job for 2 years. Diallo at RW could be sensational in time who knows. But the point remains Ole has got us to second after a poor start and without the players he thought he may be getting. Add into that the Pogba 'Is he staying / is he going' circus and I think Ole deserves a little more credit than he's getting.

The knives will always be out for Ole to some extent. He's got the job on pure luck let's be honest and many times he has looked out of his depth. But also given us memorable victories too. Perhaps signs of someone still learning in one of the biggest jobs in management?

Our defence is a worry and we are still a CB short for the first team. I would argue we are short of a Grealish too - someone who is versatile and cover key positions of Bruno and Rashford who we are exceptionally reliant on.

Our RW problem is well documented though expect Greenwood to continue there and the youngsters Diallo and Pellistri are for the future.

Whilst we know we are very much still a work in progress I don't think we are as far away from a genuine title challenge as you may think. I do not think we will win the league this year as that defence just won't hold up. But we can play some good stuff now and are scoring plenty and I think we that will get us Top 4 and a cup this season, then with the addition of quality CB and a goodbye to the Pogba circus we will genuinely challenge for honours across the board next season.

We are second in the league. let's enjoy it!

Halesini