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28 Jun 2022 11:40:13
Ajax apparently contacted United advising Arsenal have bid £35m for Martinez. Clearly no issue with him going but want a bidding war.


1.) 28 Jun 2022 12:34:06
Maybe, or maybe United and Ajax have a good relationship and United have asked to be kept informed.

2.) 28 Jun 2022 22:20:08
Fair play to Ajax. Great relationship of course. But they want to get maximum value for their player. So it can be both!



23 Jun 2022 21:47:39
Any of the Eds know if Ronaldo being looked at by Bayern Munich? Lewandowski looks like he's said his farewells and waiting for his plane to Barcelona. Some 2+2=5 I grant ya but wouldn't be an inconceivable move: league winners medal almost guaranteed and a team always capable of going far in the Champions League. Unlike us lol ;)


{Ed002's Note - No they have other targets.}

1.) 24 Jun 2022 09:33:09
As good as Ronaldo is, I really don't think he's the sort of player Bayern would go after. They are a very well run club with a clear philosophy and Ronaldo does not meet their criteria IMO.

2.) 24 Jun 2022 10:54:09
Cheers Ed. I know there’s some whispers that Ronaldo is unhappy. Looking at our current transfer business it’s not hard to see why!



12 Jun 2022 23:19:44
Do the Eds / posters know if there remains interest in Jude Bellingham? Dortmund perhaps unlikely to let go of two superstars in the same summer but money talks. All the big clubs will be looking at Bellingham at some point. I personally see him ending up at Liverpool next year. Along with Rice at Chelsea and Phillips at City. But who knows. If United were bidding for Nunez (as seems likely) but were just too incompetent to handle multiple deals at once that may suggest budget available. I appreciate we have multiple positions to fund but having been bit once with not being decisive enough on Nunez (could've apparently secured him a month ago) could we bring forward our interest in a player who is likely the next hot property midfield wise?


{Ed002's Note - Yes but he is not moving this summer.}

1.) 13 Jun 2022 11:02:47
Thanks Ed002. Massive season ahead for United. And Nunez shows how vital Champs League is to attract top talent. United would have to be in UCL to tempt Bellingham or Rice I think. We may get De Jong over the line but seems more because Barcelona need to sell and chance to work with his old boss. UCL is and frankly should be a must for any top player. Always surprised me about Kane - especially his committing to a longer term deal at Spurs with no guarantee of UCL on poorer wages than he’d get elsewhere. Madness.

I think Top 4 may be a hard ask this season but hope Ten Hag can get a tune out of whichever new players and the squad he’s inheriting. Already a fight in essence for 3rd or 4th with City and Liverpool both doubling down on their attacking strength.

We are competing against Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal, West Ham and possibly Newcastle I think.

2.) 13 Jun 2022 11:14:52
Right now if you were Nunez you would have chosen Liverpool over United.

Look at the respective clubs, Klopp is currently refreshing his squad to build his next great team, moving out the aging guys and bringing replacements in, better to move on a year too early than too late.

Hate to say it but JK, loved by his clubs fans, loved by his players, doing whatever is needed to keep moving his club moving forward, even engaging in a but of tapping up were needed reminds me so much of someone.

Ahh we had so it so good for so long.

3.) 13 Jun 2022 11:20:41
Also both managers in their first few years had sections of their fanbase who wanted them gone as they were never going to be good enough.

4.) 13 Jun 2022 13:57:39
Ed do you think we will push for Florian Wirts next year?

{Ed002's Note - I really have no idea.}

5.) 13 Jun 2022 16:14:25
Personally i would not be overly bothered if we did not get DeJong, the odd games I have seen him play for Barca, (live I might add) he never looked that great, been quite easily brushed aside and it’s nowhere near as physical as the premier, bit like Donny in my opinion, yes both technically very gifted, but both weak, You look at Eriksen very technically gifted but also strong on the ball and not afraid to put his foot in, De Jong and Donny nothing like that, so are they suited to premier i'm not so sure! I’m hoping ETH is right though and I’m million miles off.
What’s Donny had 3 managers now in premier failed to impress any!

6.) 13 Jun 2022 16:28:02
That's where it comes down to the Coaching staff and the player to train not just on strength but also the technique and attitude to handle the physicality.

7.) 13 Jun 2022 16:36:03
Exactly Oak, so I hope that ETH knows best and he thinks DeJong can be taught that, but they also have very good coaches at Barcelona and he still be found wanting! Donny I think Zero chance, we have no idea at this point even if ETH thinks Donny got a chance.

8.) 13 Jun 2022 19:04:21
Interestingly there were comments supposedly attributed to Ten Hag in 2020 about De Jong at Barcelona saying they are using him wrong and he should be playing much deeper dictating play and pace rather than Barcelona playing him much higher up the pitch.

He also is quite as saying to get the best out of him he played him as one of a pair of No 6s. Quite a lot of Dutch ex pros and managers are saying something similar.

Might be an insight on how we will play under Ten Hag.

De Jong himself has lots of praise for DvB and his ability to let De Jong flourish. Again maybe a clue, maybe nothing.

9.) 13 Jun 2022 19:55:57
I understand we all have opinions but reading your posts has given me mine about your football knowledge, and that is you're absolutely clueless about what makes a good player and what doesn't. What's this obsession with physicality, the best teams have technical players not physical. Our midfield is Fred and mctominnay who are both known as physical as you say, and I'd take de Jong and van de beek over them anyday of the week. Just look at all the physical midfielders city has that dominate this physical league as you say. Stop spewing your opinion you're clueless.

10.) 13 Jun 2022 22:21:33
Bernardo Silva looks 5ft8 and about 7 stone by the looks of him. Not exactly The Rock in terms of physicality is he? Yet still a great player. A midfielder can get away with being less physical, especially a skilful one with a good footballing brain. Physicality argument I can understand in a centre back or forward but not all your midfielders need that in the modern game.

11.) 14 Jun 2022 07:25:59
I don't think Donny has any trouble dealing with physicality.

While Luka Modric has all the physical attributes of a wet paper bag. That didn't stop him flourishing in the EPL and being one of the best midfielders of his generation.

Donny has struggled at both United and Everton for one reason only, style of play. He works best in a team that plays a high line possession based game. His best attributes are finding space and linking play with his teammates. He is a facilitator, the German term is a raumdeuter.

He has struggled as he has played in teams that don't work as a team that don't have extended periods of possession in the opposition half.

Depending how quickly EtH can get his ideas across and get the team playing as he would like, I think Donny could do very well.

At the very least Donny provides EtH with an ally in the dressing room, someone who knows his methods and can hopefully act as a bridge between the manager and the players.

12.) 14 Jun 2022 07:39:17
Exactly, you can go on and on. Mahrez, de bryune, foden none are physical players, but they have a football brain and the physical aspect doesn't hold them back. David Silva was amazing tiny guy, Juan Mata at Chelsea was amazing, Paul scholes not very big was a great midfielder, and many many others. You can be as big as you want but if you don't know how to pass the ball you're nothing. Barcelona destroyed everyone with xavi and iniesta, not physically strong. Luka modric isn't a strong guy he's one of the best Center mids in the world, verrati, soooo many other players I can name.



11 May 2022 12:09:03
Jim Ratcliffe rumours gathering pace. Has he put a late bid in to Chelsea for £4.2bn knowing it would be dismissed just to illustrate he's looking to buy now? Surely £4bn would open even the Glazers eyes to the inevitable. It's that or watching United decline whilst still milking £30-40m a year in dividends. A No Brainer even for them to quadruple their 'investment' with not a penny more outlay?


1.) 11 May 2022 12:34:30
Pipe dream unfortunately…our useless owners aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

2.) 11 May 2022 13:16:23
Unfortunately I can't see it happening. ED002 did say on the Chelsea page, that he would a very good owner.

I think it would cost too much to buy Utd, when you consider the debt, the OT refurb and the training ground refurb costs. The likelihood is that the Glazers would want top dollar for the club.

3.) 11 May 2022 15:05:54
How much is Chelsea fetching? £2.5bn (going to charitable causes? ) + £1.75bn in other commitments? They have a smaller ground that's landlocked but they do have ECL revenues and a far more valuable squad, and no public debt to carry. With its bigger ground United has more potential in the long run even if gate revenue as a % is a much smaller share of total revenue than it used to be. But given the squad rebuild, the £500m debt, and a scheduled £200m OT improvements, I can't see United being worth any more than Chelsea as of today. This generally squares with a market capitalization of $2.2bn. The risk the Glazers have is that EtH cannot turn the ship around, in which case the club could become less valuable.

4.) 11 May 2022 17:06:40
United aren't for sale, Chelsea are. Man Utd are not well run, Chelsea are. The guy is a business man and a very successful one.

The both need investment in the ground.

To buy Man Utd right now you would be having to overpay for the club to prise it from the Glazers, this doesn't make business sense compared to bidding for Chelsea imo.

That's not to say I would not want him too I would love him too. Everything you read about him and his brother makes them sound like they would be good owners.

5.) 11 May 2022 17:23:36
Shawthing- i wrote very similar recently- not about RATCLIFFE-he would be a good owner no doubt -but i think the Chelsea situation flushed buyers out .

Now, United in my opinion if United sold at 4.2 billion -600 mill on ground improvement and expansion 200 mill on players -would be an intial 5billion investment - with no debt going forward and a resonable budget each season for players we would be a very good investment for a lot of those buyers who showed interest in Chelsea seeing as our commercial pulling power is far greater than Chelseas.

{Ed002's Note - You are making all of these numbers up - you are wasting your time.}

6.) 11 May 2022 18:31:06
Nonsense numbers.
Where do get no debt from?
Do you expect a potential new owner to raid their piggy bank and pay cash and write their investment off.
Unbelievable Geoff.
Ignorance is bliss
My oh my.

7.) 11 May 2022 18:34:31
of course i'm making them up, the clubs not for sale apparently and if it were no one knows what the sale price would be.

8.) 11 May 2022 19:15:46
Investment ken? Is that what Newcastle owners have done? If someone buys a club from their personal wealth -or piggy bank as you childishly said - with no loans then a commercial giant like United generates enough wealth to have a profit at the end of each year -so yes there is no debt. Buying as an investment, or proppping up with loans that need to be paid back is something else.

Not sure how many mergers or companies in Europe youve bought in the last 35 years but you might want to wind your neck in before calling folks who have ignorant.

9.) 11 May 2022 20:17:57
3 companies full acquisitions and transitioned 4 or 5 multinational brands.
Off course there is debt silly billy. You think there are no personal loans on the books it would be financial suicide and not tax efficient.
My neck is fine.



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.




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29 Jun 2022 23:43:24
Eriksen's agent allegedly spotted at United's London office today.

I have decided, in the interests of seeing such 'scoops' with my own eyes, I am going to camp outside Stratton Street til 7th August. I only live 3 miles away now anyway lol.

Tune in shortly for 'that looked like Neymar' and 'Declan Rice is looking sharp' etc.




28 Jun 2022 19:59:14
Looking like we are aiming to get 5 players in:

Malachia - £13m
Martinez or Torres - up to £42m
De Jong - £56m
Eriksen - free
Antony - up to £60m

I don't think our budget would be nowhere near as high as £171m though.

Knock off £10m for Pereira going to Fulham sure but there isn't a great prospect of generating more than between £5-10m each for Bailly, Jones, Tuanzebe and given their salaries they are proving hard to shift. Martial has no takers. Rashford has no interest in leaving though clearly needs to improve from last season.

I think we will be in for Martinez and Antony though budget wise, unless by some miracle we do sell more players, its surely looking like either of them and not both?

Squad wise you could argue both positions have cover given Amad, Pellestri for RW though suspect they may be loaned out again.

Interesting few days ahead as we are clearly trying to sign deals off in time for the tour starting.


1.) 28 Jun 2022 20:28:46
We have saved around 50 million in wages from the free contracts that have left

Add the 25 percent in wage drop for no UCL if that makes much difference

Im hoping jones bailly telles awb martial go, will tunzebue leave aswell as williams although i like williams

But if we get de jong this lb a cb and a forward plus a late cm addition depending on sales i think that will be a great window

Let tan hag and his proper coaches coach.

Can not wait for the season to start

Come on the boys.

2.) 28 Jun 2022 21:25:08
Bailly, Jones, williams and Telles will go i think. Martial will be pushed out, frees up a few quid and wages.

3.) 28 Jun 2022 21:27:07
I agree with your summary on expectations.

Long shots might be Timber and or Dumfries.

I’d love a Berbatov moment and have Rice joining on deadline.

Desperate at CDM.

4.) 29 Jun 2022 07:30:42
If rumours about imminent bid for Martínez are to be believed, then first 11 could possibly be:

De Gea

Shaw/ Malacia

Martinez DM
Fred/ Garner/ Erickson



Wan Bissaka
Pellistri/ Amad.

5.) 29 Jun 2022 08:12:02
Ronaldo dumped in the U23’s then Wallace!

{Ed014's Note - don’t you have an over 40’s team?

6.) 29 Jun 2022 08:31:30
Oops! Forgot about Ronald’s!

7.) 29 Jun 2022 09:13:17
We need a CDM, FdJ at Ajax had Lasse Schöne doing most of the defensive work giving him the freedom to do what he does best. Sangare would be perfect as his passing stats are good and he gets through an incredible amount of defensive actions.

8.) 29 Jun 2022 09:24:00
Thinking about the first team squad, just so many players going to be available or contention, particularly thinking about younger players such as Garnacho, Alvarez, mejbri, Levitt, Galbraith, SavGe, fish etc etc (not to mention McNeill Hugill etc, plus really exciting younger teams who are meant to be even better)

Maybe United will use the loan system to better effect now like Chelsea have done so well to blood the top talents and make money on others who deemed best to move on.

As side note, competition for too 4 (and top 6) going to be really intense this year, what with big 6 plus Newcastle, Villa, West Ham and Leicester in the mix.

Can’t wait!

9.) 29 Jun 2022 10:22:57
I don't think we will sign a "dirty work" CDM this summer.

I think we will play one of Fred or McTominay alongside FDJ this season.

Then next summer if West Ham become reasonable then I think we will go big for Declan Rice as our "marquee" signing next year.

10.) 29 Jun 2022 11:27:11
Rice is too quality.

Lots of money though Shappy.

11.) 29 Jun 2022 14:11:30
Angel, he is, but then if you want to sign players who are proven and have potential to improve then they all cost a lot of money.

Cheap players are the ones you take a chance on. Malacia for example might go on to be a top class LB for us, or he might go on to be Buttner mark 2.

The thing is he has played a few seasons in a much less competitive league and hasn't played at UCL level. As such no one will spend upwards of 50m on him.

However, if he signed for someone like Dortmund for example and was excellent in the Bundesliga and UCL for a season or two then maybe bigger clubs might start looking to pay 50m for him.

12.) 29 Jun 2022 15:07:45
But it's that inflated English player prices. Hoping ETH and staff do their jobs and find a player equal or better for less money.

13.) 29 Jun 2022 15:46:20
Angel, I think Rice will eventually be sold for between 60-80m.

Which is what FDJ would cost, and similar to what Tchouameni just cost Real Madrid.

There's normally an English tax, but then there always is going to be when clubs are required to have a certain number of homegrown players in their squads.

The same is true to Spainish players for the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

{Ed002's Note - Because he moved to Spain there is a pretty significant additional cost for signing Tchouameni that Real Madrid have to pay.}

14.) 29 Jun 2022 17:45:57
Rice would be my number one target every year. Plus he doesn't run funny so even Fergie would have signed him.

15.) 29 Jun 2022 19:02:08
Rice has the good old English tax on him that instantly doubles his valuation. Clearly West Ham have no interest in selling but it's inevitable that he'll go sooner or later unless WH win something big.
Going to be a great season seeing where the new Utd / Arsenal and Spurs fit in too. I think Spurs will be the side to challenge the top two, not Chelsea.



28 Jun 2022 19:41:59
Raphinha to Chelsea for £55m Think that puts down a reasonable maximum for us to pay Ajax for Antony though clearly they will have they own valuation.

I would much prefer Antony give he is younger and already played for Ten Hag. Raphinha has premier league experience though and will be a good signing for Chelsea I am sure.


1.) 28 Jun 2022 20:27:14
Great deal for Chelsea, I think he'll do really well there. You'd think that signing Raphinha ends Chelsea's interest in Sterling.

City seed open to selling him, so I wonder if Sterling decided he'd rather stay at City than join Chelsea and that is what seems to have sprung Chelsea into action for Raphinha.

2.) 28 Jun 2022 22:27:28
I thought they play different positions, Raphinha RW, Sterling LW?

Im wondering though, why is Chelsea pursuing Sterling at all, shouldn't they focus on the defence, seeing how most of their regulars left/ are leaving.

3.) 29 Jun 2022 17:21:15
Pretty sure Chelski will get Kounde in.



27 Jun 2022 17:54:00
If reported transfer fee for De Jong is correct there's no wonder its took longer to sign off than War and Peace was to write. £54m rising to £69m.


1.) 27 Jun 2022 21:33:02
If that is the end fee then we really should applaud Murtough and accept it was worth the wait. It shows we are trying to not be mugged off over transfer fees which will be good moving forward.

2.) 27 Jun 2022 21:59:51
Why, what was the amount Barcelona wanted in GBP?

3.) 27 Jun 2022 22:40:50
Wasn’t it reported at being around £80/ 85M? I could be wrong but the reported fee Halesini is saying sounds quite low to me in comparison to all the stories.

4.) 27 Jun 2022 23:13:47
Weren't they initially trying for £84/ 85 million. If so, I am glad it has been drawn out. Am fed up with being used as a cashpoint machine by others.
All well and good saying we are profligate, what about the fact clubs always seem to ask more from us, than others, for their players.
Didn't Atletico ask for about £50million from us last summer for Trippier and then sold him in January for about £12million.

5.) 27 Jun 2022 23:37:18
€85 million euros most likely which means we’ve saved about £4 million if the add ons are achievable.

Hardly anything to write home about.

6.) 28 Jun 2022 07:39:36
Well I think we’ve saved more than that. And when you consider we’ve previously paid probably over the odds for players, this would suggest we are conducting business better.



25 Jun 2022 16:17:59
De Jong signing dragging out longer than it's taking Claudia Schiffer to return my calls / lift that Restraining Order.

I do think we will get it done but only at Barca's €80m price and likely that's a fixed fee. Meanwhile the likes of Nunez and Phillips have been sold to our rivals. Though I'm sure both players more interested in joining Liverpool and City respectfully. Who can blame them. Nunez is a new interest but Phillips will feel like a big loss as think we've been looking at him for at least 2 years.

There's two players not expected to move til next season now in Rice and Bellingham. They'll both go for mega money and only be interested in Champs League teams. Both improve any midfield they walk into. United need to be in for one of these two players to be able to compete with City and Liverpool in future and not least Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal, West Ham and likely Newcastle soon also.

Next season a critical one but looking more like being bottom of that list at the moment.


1.) 25 Jun 2022 16:54:03
Halesini, let's get through the next few weeks before we start on next season's transfers. The mood around th club is at incredible low point but a signing or two over the next week and then friendlies to watch that mood could change.

I wouldn't be worried about Bellingham or Rice at the minute. Unfortunately we have much bigger problems to face but as others have said on here, these players havnt been managed by a proper coach in a long time. One or two of the players that are on the Scrap heap may surprise a few people.

2.) 25 Jun 2022 17:19:11
I can see us going for FDJ this summer and Rice next year.

Bellingham I'm sure will end up at either City or Liverpool, unless a move to La Liga is something he'd like.

3.) 25 Jun 2022 17:48:17
Rice will end up at chelsea next year.

4.) 25 Jun 2022 18:58:18
It does appear that way Shappy when you look at the natural progression of things.
Liverpool's midfield might need some fresh legs too by the when Milner/ Henderson getting on and Keita never a favorite.
City themselves might be looking beyond Silva/ Gundogan who always seem to be on the way out.

5.) 25 Jun 2022 21:39:27
Spenno, I think if Bellingham had any desire to join United he would have done when we were in for him when he left to join Dortmund.

Just like Haaland when he also joined Dortmund.

We made them offers and they turned us down.

Also if we get FDJ then someone more defensive like Rice gives much better balance than Bellingham in my opinion.

6.) 25 Jun 2022 22:02:26
I referenced Bellingham and Rice as think they’re going to be massively important midfielders for somebody. Bellingham I suspect is Liverpool-bound. Already turned his nose up at United once after all. I’d love to see Rice in a United shirt. Suspect he will go to Chelsea though. My initial point is we need to be in Champs League just to be in with a shout and that’s looking a tall order at present.

But…we do have a manager I think will get us playing great attacking football over time. Whether that’s sufficient to get Top 4, regardless of who does or doesn’t come in, remains to be seen.

7.) 25 Jun 2022 22:44:11
Schiffer will call you back soon, plenty of time yet for her to make that call ?.




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28 Jun 2022 22:20:08
Fair play to Ajax. Great relationship of course. But they want to get maximum value for their player. So it can be both!




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28 Jun 2022 17:42:41
Malachia for €15m + 2 add-ons looks tremendous value. He’s had other offers for a few weeks but been holding out for us apparently.

Telles off now surely.

I suspect De Jong and Malachia are the two players Ten Hag expects to be completed in time for the Far East tour. But who’s next? Martinez or Torres at CB? Antony at RW? Eriksen?

At last the transfer wheels have started to move a little.




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27 Jun 2022 17:51:29
Already written off Timber. He is not first choice CB for Netherlands (only played 8 times) yet seemingly turning United down due to Van Goal comments on only picking players for the Netherlands who play regularly. Appreciate World Cup year and all that but he's 21. Maybe he thinks United will come in for him again? We shouldn't.




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27 Jun 2022 11:27:03
We’ve got a number of squad players who either through form or injury record just aren’t good enough to hack it in the premier league. Bailly has looked great at times albeit often rash in the challenge but, like Jones and Tuanzebe, seems to be made of glass. Maybe the like of Palace, Everton, Southampton they could stake a claim at first team football but their injury records suggest they wouldn’t play all the time. Their wages just won’t justify the investment.

Phil Jones is on £110k a week
Eric Bailly is on £87k a week

Highly unlikely someone else is going to pick up that kind of tab.




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27 Jun 2022 10:35:15
Pure class GDS. Let’s hope the remaining players unlikely to feature under Ten Hag will be moved on swiftly too. Suspect Pereira by far the easiest to shift though!





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28 Jun 2022 20:27:32
I haven't seen Malachia play and dare say not many of us have our subscriptions to the Dutch version of Sky Sports. But, I know Ten Hag was scouting him for Ajax and that's good enough for me!

At long last the transfer wheels are starting to turn.

United available at 45/ 1 to win the league (per Oddschecker) .




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27 Jun 2022 10:43:49
The Barcelona looking at Maguire was first voiced about 6 weeks back and laughed off as the obvious very late April Fools joke it seemed but apparently there was some legs to it. Ten Hag clearly sees something in Maguire that we (largely) don’t. He had an atrocious season. He’s a good header and his long passing isn’t bad to be fair but his lack of pace, especially in a more attacking / risk-taking Ten Hag style will surely be found out?

I think like many if someone offered half of what we paid for Maguire I’d snap their hand off. However we are in that period where we just have to trust the new manager.

A lot of us are frustrated at lack of signings compared to our rivals but I do think we’ve already made the signing of the summer in Ten Hag. I just hope he’s given the time he needs.




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26 Jun 2022 23:33:08
Nice post Ken. Agree it’s a time to be excited playing wise now we have a very well respected coach in. We need to stick with Ten Hag no matter what. Realistically write off next 2 seasons. But I do agree we are capable of getting 20 points more by a better manager in and defined style and attacking progressive football back.




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26 Jun 2022 18:26:52
I'd take Antony over Raphina as ultimately he's Ten Hag's choice. Younger than Raphinha, possibly higher ceiling and wants to play here / for Ten Hag.

Appreciate Raphinha has more immediate impact being older and with prem experience. Realistically we are building a side now to challenge in 2 or 3 seasons hence the younger man who can already play / excel in Ten Hag's system would be a much better fit long term.




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26 Jun 2022 18:22:59
I think De Jong - Fred - Bruno could see us get best out of Fred. I certainly don't expect to see Fred and McTominay in the same side now but competing against each other for one midfield slot.