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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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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.



14 Mar 2021 13:18:03
We will be linked with Haaland, Sancho, Torres, Varane, Rice etc as ever but I can only see us buying a CB this summer. Its just a pipedream that we could sign all of those players and our reality is we are the new Arsenal, buying what we need to sustain Top 4 revenues rather than what the squad needs to compete for silverware across all fronts.

There is clearly a lot of expected from our development of younger players and having already bought an 18yo RW in Amad our natural 'home grown' alternatives to the above would be: Greenwood, Mengi, Garner. Shoretire clearly highly regarded also and think Hannibal would be close to the squad to but for recent injury.

I think Rooney as Derby manager could be a great outlet for some of our younger prospective talents to get playing time regularly in a hard league so hope the Ole/ Rooney friendship is used to good effect there.

I do think one of our issues is we have spent a lot of money but bought relatively poorly - notwithstanding the United premium there always seems to be on players we buy. City have assembled a great squad, albeit throwing £50-60m at each player and having the luxury of binning them off if they don't work out and just re-loading with another £60m signing. But it has worked wonders for them and don't realistically see us competing with them now for when those top top players such as Haaland or Varane become available.

So to the youth it is.

It's worked before.




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!


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 ;)


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






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11 Apr 2021 10:59:30
Anyone who gives the ball away less than Fred is an upgrade. I like Neves. Rice seems a more obvious choice with possibility of involving Lingard to reduce the fee paid.




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21 Mar 2021 13:09:20
Haaland will look at Real and City before us. Chelsea no doubt be in for him too and I actually think they may be the dark horse for his signature as expect them to go very close in the Champs League this year. Tuchel has got that defence sorted for sure.

Agree our opportunity to sign Haaland was surely last season. The 'not signing due to Raiola's sell on clause' will really come back to bite us. I recall the Eds saying at the time though that Haaland more likely chose Dortmund as they had a defined plan for him including working on his weaknesses etc.

Think one of our problems trying to get the right players for us is we approach it as though players will automatically lust after signing for us irrespective of where we have been the last few years.




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21 Mar 2021 13:00:10
Neto is a good player. Don't see United in for a RW though now in all honesty as expect we would prioritise Centre Forward given Cavani may be off and Martial being Martial. If we were looking at RW though it clearly won't be Sancho given the cost quoted. I suspect Sancho joins Chelsea. Neto would be a quality addition at half the price.




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17 Mar 2021 23:35:19
Is it the case Van De Beek was bought as a Pogba replacement though? Or is the 'not fitting with Ole's plans' bit as Ole actually wanted Grealish? Agree there has to be a plan for players when bought - we would say that for the likes of Pellestri let alone more senior experienced pros.

I actually think Van De Beek is a good player. Very highly regarded at Ajax and some stellar performances in Champs League. It does seem a little off that we have such a technically gifted player as VDB who can't even make the bench but Fred (guaranteed to spoon one over the bar from 30 yards every game / gift possession away with half his forward passes) starts every match!




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14 Mar 2021 13:06:03
Romero has been a quality back-up keeper for us and was seemingly happy to play his part in the cup games but obviously we have had to look to the future and bring Henderson in or risk losing him completely. Henderson is 23 though and I was still surprised that, in a European Championship year, we saw him move back to United as it made more sense for all parties for him to stay on loan at Sheff United and be playing week in week out. Romero a perfectly capable back-up and once longer term view on De Gea future known he could've shared duties with Henderson.





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11 Apr 2021 11:19:03
Redman - if we finish with more points than last season that’s progression. Simple as. Everything else re style etc is just your subjective opinion.

Herrera - were you as negative when we used to top the league and win it? Surely when we won titles it was because we were the best team having amassed the most points. Why are not currently the second best team? Baffling logic on here sometimes.




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11 Apr 2021 11:10:21
Great point re Klopp. Liverpool looked immense for two seasons. They now looked shot though. I don’t see a great resurgence from them. City will always be the team to beat while Pep there I think. Frightening prospect if they get either Haaland or Kane but think that’s inevitable.




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11 Apr 2021 11:06:26
Redman - saying Liverpool and Chelsea may be stronger is irrelevant. That’s assumption on your part. Spurs may be title challengers? Leicester look improved so why not them? Based on current facts though ie the table then one would assume United will be challenging. I appreciate we are second now and judge at season end. We are on target for a 76pts finish. Not title winning but an improvement. I’m less sure Liverpool ‘will be back’ next season too. Chelsea will be stronger though. Better manager and Roman throwing the chequebook around again.




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04 Apr 2021 19:04:01
The chance to buy Haaland was last year. That boat has well and truly sailed. United will be linked with Haaland, Kane, Sancho again I'm sure. None of those will play for United. I can see us being interested in a Premiership-proven Calvert-Lewin perhaps but if Everton start looking at north of £60m for him that won't happen either lol.




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21 Mar 2021 23:52:09
The two defensive midfielders but still letting in shed loads is just bizarre isn't it. Matic is poor facsimile of his former self these days and Fred can be just woeful at times. A defensive midfielder who passes more time to the opposition than his own teammates.

The 2 DMs has always illustrated 2 weak spots in our squad for me and its the 2 places we have to concentrate on.
1 - a CB that has recovery pace and can compliment better Maguire
2 - a Midfielder who is strong defensively but has a good passing range also

Swap Lindelof and Fred for those two and all a sudden you have a stronger defensive base but also a more attack minded midfield. One that could probably play 10 yards further up the pitch also.

For all the talk of Haaland and Sancho etc those two positions have to be prioritised.

In addition Ole needs to clear out the deadwood. And that includes making difficult decisions about current first teamer.

A huge summer ahead for us. Again. One that defines Ole's career for better or worse.