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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.


{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.



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.


{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?


{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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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.



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.



31 May 2021 10:28:17
Have United looked at Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez as a CF option? Heavily rumoured last year to be Barcelona bound but they're clearly skint and limited to free transfers seemingly. Are we not still owed a big chunk of the Lukaku deal by Inter? They look in disarray with Conte leaving after their Chinese owners financial problems being unveiled. Putting 2+2 together obviously but it is less of a financial burden than going for a Kane or Haaland. I see those at City and Chelsea just not sure which way around. Clearly we should be in for both of those but we all know that despite weeks on end of being linked with them in future we are unlikely to even bid formally.


1.) 31 May 2021 12:30:52
We have martial at bench.
He's an upcoming striker who will score loads of goals and is getting better and better.
I think we need 1-2 more signings with no wholesale changes to improve the squad and consolidate top 4 finish.

2.) 31 May 2021 13:55:31
Rohan, I also think we could start bedding in Mata, Jones and Matic. They look like they are ready for the 1st team.

3.) 31 May 2021 16:50:26
I would love to see Lautaro Martinez at OT. He is not quite the finished article but will be helped by Cavani being around to hone his skills. Maybe, Inter could help us out by taking Martial off our hands too.

4.) 31 May 2021 18:24:07
What about Lingard? He's a young one and one for the future. Let's put trust him and given him a 6+1 year contract. He's United through and through.

5.) 31 May 2021 18:25:09
With Phil Jones getting fit next year, he's almost like a new CB signing which means we don't have to delve into the transfer market to get a CB. More money saved.

6.) 31 May 2021 21:12:11
We’ve just signed a really good young homegrown keeper so it’s all rosy in the garden.

7.) 01 Jun 2021 11:16:20
Imagine you guys when Ronaldo returns 🤣.

8.) 01 Jun 2021 13:01:08
Wow, full of positivity on here I see!

If both harland and kane sign somewhere new in prem and utd misses on both of them due to 1 more year of cavani we will regret it for 5 years plus.



30 May 2021 10:11:22
Looks like the pointless chase of Sancho all last summer will cost us. Sounds like we get him this summer cheaper which is obviously a plus. But we prioritised the wrong man for me then failed to get him. Meanwhile Grealish was very much available and disregarded. He and Kane both heading to City now surely?


1.) 30 May 2021 11:03:45
Grealish was not available last summer, he was only ever going to be sold by Villa if they went down so would have cost us ridiculous money and wouldn't have solved any of the issues we currently have

When have City ever paid over £70m for a player? So why do you think they'd do it twice in one window

The window hasn't opened yet so let's not loose our heads already.

2.) 30 May 2021 11:50:39
Better to lose your head now, because nothing sensible will be done when it opens. Get link to all the top players, end up signing none, then a mad rush towards the end signing more mediocre players. Tired of this institution pretending to be a football club. To make matters worse we will still be stuck with Ole and his interpretation of making progress and doing things the United Way.

3.) 30 May 2021 13:21:47
Obi - Our biggest problem is breaking down Teams who sit deep.

Grealish is a very creative player, while our current wide players are more about pace and goal threat, Grealish could be played out wide to take some of the creative burden off Bruno, so I think he certainly would have helped solve that problem.

4.) 30 May 2021 13:39:31
Our wide players all cut inside negating the threat from crosses and width, is Grealish just going to do the same?

5.) 30 May 2021 18:52:23
Redman - with due respect, I don't think cutting inside is the problem. It's that they are all forwards, not wingers or playmakers, and are better at scoring goals than creating them.

He has shown at Villa that he can make chances even against a packed defence.

6.) 31 May 2021 07:31:15

I suggested Grealish on here about 3 years ago after seeing him but was told he was rubbish at the time and not good enough, so like him as a player. We have Bruno Pogba and I really think Mejbri has something, similar players. Pogba needs to be shipped out, Bruno has been poor for quite a number of games, especially the big ones. So I am not against Grealish, just need to see what the plan is to accommodate him. My other comment would be width, we have none, I am told it is old fashioned, yet crosses need to be an option, Grealish isn’t going to give us that. Like him, but unless there are big changes where does he fit?



01 Apr 2021 12:38:32
Hope you're all well boys and girls and have a great Easter ahead.

Just wanted to gauge views on Ronaldo and potential return to United. Personally I thought it was a pipe dream that would never happen. There's clearly potential discussions with Juve about Pogba though and his agent looks to be angling for a move away from Turin.

The obvious stumbling block would be reported £500k+ pw wages but, accepting over half of that would be offset with no longer paying Pogba, and not least our need for a top class striker, could the stars align to make such a move possible?

Predominantly a left winger I appreciate but could play any of the front 3 positions and is as 'born winner' as they come.

It would be a wet dream for Woodward and the marketing boys too.

A lot will be made of his age at 36 and clearly a short term fix though with his incredible level of fitness it's possible there's still a few more years left in the tank yet.

I don't think it fits with Ole's profile of younger players but that said true world class players are thin on the ground.


{Ed077's Note - Ronaldo isnt predominantly a left winger anymore.}

1.) 01 Apr 2021 13:25:13
Short term is an understatement. The EPL is massively faster and more physical that Serie A, whilst Ronaldo is clearly a physical freak, I’m not sure it’s what we need.

2.) 01 Apr 2021 14:16:42
Get him back in, I don't care if CR7 is 65 he always has the right to come back for that No.7 shirt.

James Milner is 35, Billy sharp is 35, Jamie Vardy is 34 and this is the GOAT that we are talking about.

When we signed Sanchez from Arsenal, I thought he would bring an ethos to the club, with a Barcelona attitude and work ethic. This obviously didn't happen. I do however believe that CR7 would bring a whole new meaning of work ethic to the training pitch. Can you imagine Martial walking around with the greatest footballer to ever live shouting at him to move?

I do believe this all still a pipe dream though. I think ronny moves back to Portugal for one last season, or PSG put together a deal so he can add that Ligue 1 title to his trophy cabinet.

3.) 01 Apr 2021 18:10:30
Watching him with Portugal and Juve recently he is very much on the decline in regards to his impact on the game on the ball but still scores like a machine.
I'm with you AjH. But I'd not be at all disappointed either.
His presence alone would or should inspire everybody else I agree with Jonaldhino.
I also agree its a complete pipe dream.

4.) 01 Apr 2021 19:45:45
Never get back with the ex, same applies in football.




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05 Jul 2021 23:19:07
Pogba stays for his final year then goes on a free. Can’t see anyone bidding for him at any amount we’d be happy with given we can’t profiteer from the extended year and would have to share a big chunk with Raiola / Pogba. And they can get a juicy signing on fee regardless next summer.

Van de Beek the interesting one for me. Clearly he looks outward bound too but suspect he was bought when we expected Pogba to go and Sancho to join last season.

Suspect Pogba stays, VDB goes and then turns into a worldie for someone else!




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17 Jun 2021 21:44:57
So good to see we are linked with Varane and Torres. We need both. That’s the dream though. One massively improves us though.




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04 Jun 2021 20:37:54
Agree Dalot looked injury prone with us. As for Depay he just simply didn't show anything like the form at Lyon at United. I remember nobody was crying when he left! No petitions being written when Dalot went on loan either!




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04 Jun 2021 20:25:51
I think Trippier is a good option to be fair. Prem proven with Spurs and Burnley before that. Much more attacking edge than AWB so gives a different option. I think if Dalot was going to stay we would have know about it by now. He was a Mourinho buy when clearly we prioritised the wrong 'young Portuguese defender' when you consider we were linked with Ruben Dias around same time period. Another great CB option we let go to a rival!




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04 Jun 2021 20:19:00
Martial has been bang average for 80% of his 5 seasons with us. He's not consistent enough. Clearly has talent but its nothing without consistent application.

One of the Eds noted on the City page that United were looking at Kane back in March. That may have cooled now that Cavani has signed but there is 1 or 2 years tops there and likely Edi plays what, 30 of our potential 60 games next season?

We do need another striker but it absolutely is not Martial.

I know it's a pipe dream but Martial + Lingard + cash for Kane would solve 3 problems in one hit!

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10 Jul 2021 14:42:21
Varane is a world class CB. If there is a chance we could get him we should be in for him no matter how long it takes. I’d argue we need 2 CBs though. Bailly, Jones, Lindelof and Tuanzebe are surely squad players at best. I think Lindelof gets the most games and the worst press from those but think his best position may be back up to Maguire. Bailly is made of glass let’s face it even though he’s a Hercules fitness wise compared to Jones. There’s less than half a player between them though in terms of availability. Tuanzebe looks to be going out on loan. We should be signing Torres for me irrespective of what happens with Varane.




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10 Jul 2021 14:37:28
Transfermarkt is first place I look when we are linked with a player. Their classification of position largely comes from the last season by looks of it. Though worth going into the detailed player profile bit and stats for all seasons. For example Sancho is classed as a right winger though he’s actually played slightly more games left wing. 81 LW / 72RW.

Rashford has 139 games LW but 113 games CF.

Greenwood has 72 games RW and 63 CF.

I think we’d all likely class Rashford, Greenwood and Sancho as LW, RW, RW respectively at the moment but the exciting thing for me with the purchase of Sancho is an interchangeable attacking front 3 and some much needed strength in depth.




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12 Jun 2021 23:52:20
Lukaku was bang average for us. Amazed we got the money for him what we did. He never was the Messiah and isn’t now.




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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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05 Jun 2021 21:26:38
Buendia joining Villa for £33m.