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07 Jun 2024 12:45:26
Hi Eds,

Ive seen a few times we are looking at various players as an Antony replacement.
Is there any interest in him and are we actually going to be able to move him on?
As it feels like a mistake the club may be stuck with.

Karl Franz

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any interest.}


1.) 07 Jun 2024 14:44:03
I think it'd be a further mistake if the club failed to make it resoundingly clear to him that he'll never make the grade as an attacker at United.
I'd like to see him tested at LB again in preseason, but if he throws the toys around again then he should be unceremoniously shown the door.

Left-back or left out, they should be his only options.


2.) 07 Jun 2024 14:57:16
No team wants a tiny right winger who can only kick with 1 foot and doesn’t have any pace or ability to take on a man? Surprising.


3.) 07 Jun 2024 15:21:15
Alternatively Ork, perhaps he could spend the summer working out how to kick a ball with his right foot?

He might even get good at it like a professional footballer can do?


4.) 07 Jun 2024 17:21:25
Mancman with the fantastic analysis again.

Let me know when you're ready for a kick about, we will see what you're like ?.


5.) 07 Jun 2024 17:59:54
Ork I totally forgot about that little cameo at LB.

A few of us on here have been saying he needs to be played on the left. After his little tantrum it appears he thinks too much of himself to be playing in defence.

I actually think he might do OK there due to his tenacity, alas his ego disagrees.


6.) 07 Jun 2024 18:38:18
If u guys think Antony can play a left back/ wing back, u live in delusion. Especially for a team that is aiming to finish top 4. We shouldn't be lowering the standards, we need a top quality player in every position.


7.) 07 Jun 2024 21:05:41
Any chance he goes out on loan at xmas if things don’t improve in the opening months of the season? We’ve seen what a few successful loans for our other right wingers has done. Sadly we may not be as well stocked to be loaning out players by then.


8.) 08 Jun 2024 11:44:24
To be honest I actually think LWB is probably the position he should play in if he is to have any chance of seriously making it at a top side in one of Europe's top 5 leagues.

He doesn't possess either the blistering pace or the technical dribbling ability to play as a winger/ wide forward for a top side. However, he is hard working, with high levels of stamina, defensively capable and dogged in the tackle. He is technically good enough and can follow tactical instructions well. He also has a good left footed cross.

I think with a little coaching he could adapt really well to playing as LWB in a 343 type formation. He would have the energy and work rate to bomb up and down the left flank and be an outlet down that side and help us keep attacking width. He would really benefit from having that LCB who can help defend the flank when tasked with defending. Likewise when attacking the left forward would mean that there is someone close by for him to play one twos off of. Meaning his lack of blistering pace over longer distances isn't a problem, or his lack of technical dribbling.

How good a LWB he could be remains to be seen, but he certainly has the raw ingredients to be a good one. The only thing that could hold him back would be his willingness to drop back into that position. He had a little temper tantrum when asked before, which doesn't suggest he is too enamoured with a move to left.

However, his compatriots Roberto Carlos and Dani Alves both started out as wingers before moving back to fullback/ wingback roles. They then went on to become Brazilian and football icons and are regarded as amongst the best wingbacks/ fullbacks in history.

Maybe if the move is sold to him in that way, possibly with the help of one of Roberto or Dani having a chat with him about the positives of their experience, then he might be more willing to give it a go. I think once convinced of the move he would work hard at becoming better in that position. Or at least his hard working attitude shown on the pitch would suggest he'd give it his best.

However, I don't see EtH looking to play back three system, nor do I see the club being particularly linked to any managers who have typically used a back three system (Xabi Alonso or Ruben Amorim) .


 

 

01 Jun 2024 14:08:51
Hi eds, keep seeing links to Chalobah from Chelsea. Please can you tell us if we have any interest. doesn't make that much sense to me.

Cheers.

Karl Franz

{Ed002's Note - Trevoh Chalobah (CB/DM) – Spurs, Atletico, Napoli, Crystal Palace and Roma remain keen. There has also been a discussion with Milan with an extrordinary part exchange offer made - but it will go nowhere. Player wants to leave for more game time and I suspect he will be allowed to leave if the right offer comes in. Something may be worked out with Crystal Palace. Spurs interest has gone for now. West Ham and Nottingham Forest may offer wildcard solutions. Manchester United had an offer rejected last summer but could return and being Home Grown makes him attractive. Spurs, Atletico Madrid and Bayern have asked about his fitness but with Tuchel gone Bayern interest will likely have gone. Will likely leave in the summer regardless of long-term contract but if he gets a guarantee of game time he may well stay.


1.) 01 Jun 2024 14:34:24
Thanks Ed,

Given Uniteds current needs do you thinknhe would be a good addition.
I must admit he looked good in his initial breakthrough for Chelsea but can't say I've seen much of him since.

{Ed002's Note - He would be a good option and can also play DM.}


2.) 01 Jun 2024 15:49:24
Didn't realise he can play DM aswell. That does make him a more interesting option.

Many thanks for the info.


3.) 02 Jun 2024 07:34:21
ED001,

What are your thoughts on Chalobah as a CB?

Thanks.

{Ed001's Note - I like him myself, if he was choosing a centre-back to keep out of Chelsea's bunch, he would be the one I would pick for the right-side. Good technically, good in the air, quick enough too. The main thing he lacks is confidence, so he really needs a leader alongside him to bring out the best in him. That is why he improved massively playing alongside Thiago Silva. Put him alongside Martinez and he would grow into an excellent Premier League centre-back I think. He is still a bit raw and inconsistent, but a lot of that is down to facing some really good players in the Prem that force a defender into places they are not used to going. More experience should iron out a lot of that, but even the best can have off days or players that they just cannot cope with at all. Vidic had his Torres for example. But Chalobah is physically imposing, strong, technically very good and fully capable of playing out from the back, it is the mentality that needs most work. Again a lot of that is inexperience, but the shambles at Chelsea certainly has not helped him. Of late though, he has shown signs of settling into the Prem and growing into a very good centre-back.}


4.) 02 Jun 2024 10:08:35
Very interesting Ed01. I have never really paid much attention to him. Sounds like a solid option for Utd if Chelsea can be persuaded to sell.

{Ed001's Note - I think he is a very decent option and it is a big mistake by Chelsea to consider letting him go when they have headless chickens like Fofana who should be moved out.}


5.) 02 Jun 2024 13:38:18
Completely forgot about Fofana, he has flopped so bad.


6.) 02 Jun 2024 14:22:55
Thanks ED001,

Have a good day.

{Ed001's Note - you too MH, take care mate.}


7.) 03 Jun 2024 03:07:35
Unruly, bit harsh to say Fofana has flopped when he’s been in the treatment room for the last 2 years. May turn out to be a complete waste of money but can’t really judge a player that hasn’t played ?.


 

 

17 Jun 2023 15:16:33
Hi eds, any truth to the rumours we've been offered goncalo ramos for €80m?

Which if i recall is less than his clause.

Many thanks.

Karl Franz

{Ed002's Note - His agent is talking to interested sides but Benfica would want something close to the buy out clause in a single payment.}


1.) 17 Jun 2023 19:06:01
Who in their right mind is going to sanction €80m worth of capital outlay in one payment given the relative turnover of football clubs? Even funding that with loans is outrageous. How do they even get the credit?

{Ed002's Note - If you want to buy players invoking Buy Out clauses in Iberia it needs to be a single payment or there needs to be negotiation with the club to pay a premium and spread the costs.}


2.) 17 Jun 2023 19:35:50
That’s a super interesting law Ed - thanks for the knowledge. Makes doing business tricky I guess.


 

 

17 Feb 2023 13:41:59
Hi Eds, what will be the next step in the sale be after the soft deadline today?

And when will we likely learn more about the parties that have bid.

Thank you in advance.

Karl Franz

{Ed002's Note - The process is as I have previously explained - the bankers will sift through any bids made and decide if any are worthy of recommendation, and if they are they will make a recommendation to the owners. I have already explained who the potential bidders are.}


1.) 17 Feb 2023 14:22:02
Thank you for the answer Ed, appreciate your insight.


2.) 17 Feb 2023 14:25:47
Thanks Ed002, appologies i must have missed that one.

{Ed002's Note - No problem. If there is not an acceptable offer they will go through the process again.}


3.) 17 Feb 2023 15:28:10
Hopefully this is as quick as the purchase of Jadon Sancho was.


4.) 17 Feb 2023 23:18:19
Hi Ed, with the deadline past (soft deadline), we've got public word of INEOS and Qatar. Is there any way to know if any of the other groups have bid - or any idea if other names you listed as interested followed through?

{Ed002's Note - Others may yet bid.}


5.) 18 Feb 2023 03:00:24
Thanks Ed! Hopefully more competition and some of of those US groups just to ensure we get the best options.


6.) 18 Feb 2023 04:16:06
Thanks Ed, hoping for it.


7.) 18 Feb 2023 12:14:04
Im just hoping the Glazers are willing to move on their valuation.

I have a terrible feeling we will be stuck with them because of their greed in wanting so much and won't accept any of the bids.


8.) 18 Feb 2023 16:42:22
They have to sell, they just want as much as they can get. They will be hoping to create a bidding war.


 

 

05 Oct 2020 19:22:21
If we pay €60 million for Dembele some one needs to be sacked! Hoping it would be more than one!

Karl Franz

1.) 05 Oct 2020 19:49:29
Deal is off apparently.


2.) 05 Oct 2020 20:03:47
Hope not.


3.) 05 Oct 2020 20:40:02
You would need the medical to last a whole week for Dembele after his injury record over the last few years.


4.) 05 Oct 2020 23:00:14
they were thinking of getting him without a medical unreal.


5.) 06 Oct 2020 08:39:34
I hears that to dazw, i would like to think it was only a rumour and not true.
Can you imagine suggesting that for any player nevermind one who looks to be made of rice paper.

I would of taken him on loan given what we have done this window. But a permanant deal is such a risk with him.


6.) 09 Oct 2020 00:12:53
t true karl.


 

 

 

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30 Jul 2021 19:32:50
Hi Ed, with Xhaka to Roma looking like it may not happen now what's the chances of them turning their attention back to Matic?

Karl Franz

{Ed002's Note - I would not worry yourself.}


 

 

20 Apr 2021 21:45:43
Hi Ed, i read on the Liverpool site about being demoted to the national league. Does this look like being the outcome?
How many of the clubs will this involve or will it jusy be Utd and Liverpool?

Gutted if that's the case, the clubs themselves and fans should not be punished but the collective few who have made these decisions. I know that is not realistic but hey i'm a glass half full giy.

Karl Franz

{Ed002's Note - The clubs are planning on leaving the PL and starting their own competition - should they later decide to return the National League would be the obvious starting point.}


1.) 20 Apr 2021 22:01:24
So if Utd where to pull out now then this could be avoided.

Is that likely or are they planning on seeing this through to the end?

Sorry for the numerous questions i know you are likely getting hammered with them currently.

{Ed002's Note - Manchester United are behind the whole thing with Liverpool - following up on the FSG threat after the clubs' Project Bigfoot was kicked out last yera.}


2.) 20 Apr 2021 22:06:05
The problem is Franz you can only punish the owners by diminishing the value asset we have to hope that a commitment to sell and quickly may be enough to allow the club not to be punished but Ed has already said how difficult that could prove.


3.) 20 Apr 2021 22:11:56
Can anyone let me know the threat FSG made that Ed mentions please?

{Ed002's Note - To form their own league.}


4.) 20 Apr 2021 22:51:03
Wow which clubs? Ed002 i know you are tired of this but please tell me this if you can because I didn't understand the situation very well. You mean teams playing in Super League must quit Premier League?

{Ed002's Note - Of course.}


5.) 20 Apr 2021 23:06:04
Thanks Ed002. Finally its legal? Can the Premier oust them out of the league?

{Ed002's Note - I have explained the situation over and over.}


6.) 20 Apr 2021 23:21:57
Thanks Ed002, your informations are spot on.


 

 

20 Apr 2021 19:56:28
Rumours Ed Woodward has resigned!

Karl Franz

1.) 20 Apr 2021 20:03:00
Amazing.


 

 

20 Mar 2021 17:30:01
Watched the Forest game today to see Garner and i was impressed with his overall performance looked a class above many on the pitch and picked up MOTM.

This is only the 3rd time I've watched him in the Championship but i have been impressed everytime.

So what does everyone think should happen next year with Garner.

Not sure if another loan to the championship were he will play everyweek or to a prem team where we can see if he is at the level bit may not get the same amount of games.

Do people think he will make the grade with us he certainly looks to be far better on the ball than Mcfred for me already.

Karl Franz

1.) 20 Mar 2021 18:45:09
I would love to see him in a team like Brighton or Southampton.


2.) 20 Mar 2021 19:06:49
Ryan's left foot.

Thats a good shout.


3.) 20 Mar 2021 19:10:23
I think either of those would really suit him.

Both with good managers aswell who i think would appreciate his abilities.


4.) 20 Mar 2021 19:43:52
He was given the armband today when the captain went off, that could suggest he is good enough and mature enough without another loan.


5.) 21 Mar 2021 06:17:38
Pop over to the Forest page, the fans really do rate him. Very impressive.

{Ed077's Note - yeah they seem very impressed by him. They think he is better than the current level Forest have been playing at (i.e Championship bottom half)


6.) 21 Mar 2021 08:45:00
He looks to have what were missing in our midfield pivot right now.

I love Mctomminay and Freds work rate and attitude but they have obvious short comings on the ball.

They just give the ball away to much.

Garner today was hitting passes allover the park and and hardly ever conceded possesion.
He was also great receiving the ball under pressure on many occasions finding a pass forward rather than back to one of the defence. This was maybe the most impressive part of how composed he was doing it.


7.) 21 Mar 2021 09:13:34
Garner has huge potential, he has shades of Carrick about him.

That said I think he is still a year or so away from pushing for a regular spot with us.

I think he could do with a loan next season ideally to a EPL team, however the most important thing is playing time and style of play over the league.


8.) 21 Mar 2021 13:10:01
I think it’s very harsh on McTominay to be coupling him up with Fred regards opinion.

McTominay’s passing range is actually pretty good. Fred on the other hand can’t pass water which should be no reflection on Scott.


9.) 21 Mar 2021 14:48:59
McTominay has a decent but not great passing range, he is accurate and crisp with passes that are 5-15 yards, those over 25 yards he is okay at but not great. Fred on the other hand could misplace a 2 yard pass.

That said I feel McTominay's strengths come in a box to box roll which gets the most out of his running power and stamina, while enabling to use his physicality to pressure and win the ball, and allow him to get forward to unleash his powerful and accurate shooting. In that role his limitations to hit 30, 40 or 50 yard passes is mitigated as he wouldn't be expected to do so. In that sort of role most of his passes would be 5-20 yards. Winning it and laying it off before moving to find space, taking the ball and driving forward with it or making shorter passes in the final third.


10.) 21 Mar 2021 17:10:44
Have to disagree entirely on that Shappy, I’ve seen a great range of passing from McTominay this season. Like with Declan Rice, another midfielder whose passing has greatly improved.


 

 

11 Oct 2020 13:15:50
Be interested to get the Eds views of project big picture that has been propsed. To me it sounds like the big clubs are just trying to get more power. But i'm sure there is more to it than what's been printed so far.

Karl Franz

{Ed002's Note - Someone asked earlier and the name may well have been thought up by a media outlet. It is all to do with a commissioned report that the Liverpool owners had written by a third party in order to ensure certain income is allocated on the basis of more for the more successful sides and proposes reducing the size of the league to 18 (aligning with what UEFA and FIFA would like), scratching the League Cup and the Charity Shield. However, there is a larger plan for Liverpool to host a pre-season tournament every year that would require clubs to commit playing full first team squads. This clashes with the views of FIFA. The reduction is the size of the league makes some sense but will be difficult for the Premier League to pass. The FA are looking at tweaking Home Grown and Club Developed rules which could hit one or two clubs hard - not least Liverpool. It is one of a number of proposals kicking around - they come and go.}


1.) 11 Oct 2020 13:47:40
Thanks Ed002 as always.


 

 

 

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01 Jun 2024 15:49:24
Didn't realise he can play DM aswell. That does make him a more interesting option.

Many thanks for the info.

Karl Franz

 

 

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01 Jun 2024 14:34:24
Thanks Ed,

Given Uniteds current needs do you thinknhe would be a good addition.
I must admit he looked good in his initial breakthrough for Chelsea but can't say I've seen much of him since.

Karl Franz

{Ed002's Note - He would be a good option and can also play DM.}


 

 

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06 May 2023 11:01:47
Ed002 do we still hold an interest Ramos. I know in the past we have.

And is there a preffered target for striker?

Karl Franz

{Ed002's Note - Gonçalo Ramos (F/AM) One of two players Roma enquired after with Benfica. Nottingham Forest have made a bid in the summer. Interest of Newcastle and perhaps Leeds to do the same. Southampton have asked about his availability and Wolves had a loan request rejected. Manchester United and PSG sent scouts and may look again after a good start to the season and a good World Cup - could end up as first choice for Manchester United. Don't rule out a bid from Chelsea but he is not first choice and at €120M not one to make a mistake with. A very well liked youngster but the cost will be huge with Benfica requiring his buy out clause to be paid in a single payment.}


 

 

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17 Feb 2023 14:25:47
Thanks Ed002, appologies i must have missed that one.

Karl Franz

{Ed002's Note - No problem. If there is not an acceptable offer they will go through the process again.}


 

 

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06 Oct 2020 08:39:34
I hears that to dazw, i would like to think it was only a rumour and not true.
Can you imagine suggesting that for any player nevermind one who looks to be made of rice paper.

I would of taken him on loan given what we have done this window. But a permanant deal is such a risk with him.

Karl Franz

 

 

 

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20 Apr 2021 22:01:24
So if Utd where to pull out now then this could be avoided.

Is that likely or are they planning on seeing this through to the end?

Sorry for the numerous questions i know you are likely getting hammered with them currently.

Karl Franz

{Ed002's Note - Manchester United are behind the whole thing with Liverpool - following up on the FSG threat after the clubs' Project Bigfoot was kicked out last yera.}


 

 

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20 Apr 2021 20:11:02
So do the owners, large pressure needs to be applied now so we can finally get rid of them.

Karl Franz

 

 

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21 Mar 2021 19:00:51
One step forward and three steps back.

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21 Mar 2021 08:45:00
He looks to have what were missing in our midfield pivot right now.

I love Mctomminay and Freds work rate and attitude but they have obvious short comings on the ball.

They just give the ball away to much.

Garner today was hitting passes allover the park and and hardly ever conceded possesion.
He was also great receiving the ball under pressure on many occasions finding a pass forward rather than back to one of the defence. This was maybe the most impressive part of how composed he was doing it.

Karl Franz

 

 

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20 Mar 2021 19:10:23
I think either of those would really suit him.

Both with good managers aswell who i think would appreciate his abilities.

Karl Franz