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22 Apr 2022 10:28:28
Happy Friday all

I must say as dreadful as this season has been, I am optimistic about the EtH appointment. Providing he is given the tools and freedom needed over the summer to recruit the right people, I expect that we could see an identity change in the way we play quite quickly.

I do want to probe an Ed if possible. RR said in his post match interview that a rebuild is required because of contracts expiring and that there may 6 - 10 new players.

Would this be over a number of transfer windows? or is the overhaul that extensive that we could see this over the course over the summer.


{Ed002's Note - Six players are out of contract in the summer although one may be forced to stay another year through an option the club has. Others are to be sold and replaced.}

1.) 22 Apr 2022 11:11:14
Is the club considering enforcing the extension on Matic Ed? That would seem very unprofessional after he announced that he would not be taking up the option.

{Ed002's Note - No, Matic is not one of the out of contract players, but he is being allowed to leave as well.}

2.) 22 Apr 2022 11:17:11
Hi Ed, would I be right in saying Chong is the player who may be forced to stay due to the option the club have with the other 5 with contracts expiring being Grant, Pogba, Mata, Lingard and Cavani?

Now that the new manager has been announced, do you have any idea on which other players may be looking to leave/ the club may be looking to sell in the summer?

Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - Yes, Chong may be force dto stay. I very much think that the new coach will look to revise the list of those leaving from what it is expected to be at present. By how much I don't know. Decisions will need to be taken about the likes of Garner, Telles, Wan-Bissaka, Dalot, Tuanzebe and others. Youngsters will need to assessed.}

3.) 22 Apr 2022 10:47:14
Ed, is Paul Mitchell joining United?

{Ed002's Note - There is no agreement with any club regarding Paul Mitchell but he will be leaving in the summer.}

4.) 22 Apr 2022 10:50:40
I think it’s probably likely to be 5 or 6 signings and then players coming back from loan being added to the squad, the obvious one being Garner but you’d assume Donny will get a chance as well.

5.) 22 Apr 2022 11:40:22
The squad is bloated anyway we need to reducw the size of it, we ain't going to be in the UCL and we could end up having no europe at all.


All leaving on frees, then yoy have the likes of

Then awb?

I can't see at least 10 leaving through sales ans frees, martial williams and awb will prob stay along with dalot

Going to be a very busy summer.

6.) 22 Apr 2022 13:48:57
In my opinion I think we could see at least 10 players leave the club with the 5 who’s contracts are expiring + potentially Chong, Matic, Jones, Pereira, Tuanzebe, Williams, Bailly, Martial also leaving, with the latter 5 players ideally generating an extra £50-60m to add to the transfer budget.

Henderson could also leave either on loan or permanently + a few youngsters will go out on loan.

In terms of signings however, I don’t see there being more than 5.

Van de Beek and Garner will likely rejoin the squad to fill gaps in midfield as I can’t see us going to the market for more than one midfielder. In addition to a deep lying midfielder, other areas that will need addressing are a back up GK if Henderson leaves, a left sided CB, a CF with Cavani and (probably) Martial leaving and hopefully a special-ist RW (preferably left footed) as all our wingers prefer the left side.

I could see Sam Johnstone returning on a free as a back up GK. I’d love Nunez and Neves to join as the CF and CM with someone like Raphinha or Antony as the RW. If something like this happens I can’t see there being much left in the budget for a CB (I see CM, CF and RW as higher priority positions) so we may have to look at the lower end of the market for a CB. In terms of free agents Rudiger would be the absolute dream but as that is unlikely we would maybe have to settle for someone such as Zagadou and revisit the CB situation in a year.

7.) 23 Apr 2022 08:40:35
Whatever happens, I've actually got a little hope about the summer. As long as united start next season with 11 players on the pitch who actually care, tackle, structured and want to play for the shirt then I'm happy. Just feels like I'm back in the 80s but back then we had players that cared. but I'm hopeful for Eric.

8.) 23 Apr 2022 21:52:37
At least in the 80s we had Robbo at the club.



15 Jul 2021 14:38:39
HI Eds,

Hope all are well.

A question for one of the Eds if possible. I was wondering if you could give us an update on the goalkeeper situation? I know Heaton has arrived, but are we looking at a first choice at the risk of DDG and Henderson moving on?

Ignore my previous post I hit send by accident.


{Ed002's Note - Manchester United really want to keep both De Gea and Henderson and only add a third choice.}

1.) 15 Jul 2021 15:16:04

That sounds rather foolish. Another season of chop and changing the Gks wouldn't be the best of ideas.

{Ed002's Note - If they sell one or both the ituation will change.}

2.) 15 Jul 2021 15:45:40
The rumours are that Ole has told Henderson that he will be United's No.1 at the start of next season.

He supposedly returned from the England camp to make sure he would be fit in time for the start of the season, after picking up a hip issue while on international duty.

While other rumours say DDG has said he wants to stay and fight for his place next season. This suggests that DDG has been told he can find another club which backs up the Henderson being first choice rumour. Yet he wants to stay and fight for the starting place.

Ideally one of them leaves this summer as the indecision over which is first choice is impacting the form of both of them.

However, if both do stay then we need strong leadership from Ole. He needs to pick his No.1 and stick with him, he can't drop him at the first sign of a wobble or after any mistake. Doing that is what will create more indecision amoung the keepers.

He needs to say he's number one and he's number two, for the whole season and we'll readdress it next summer.

3.) 15 Jul 2021 16:37:58
Hendo will start off the season as number one mainly because DDG was at the Euros and isn't due back training until 4 August, so unlikely he will be ready for the first few fixtures. Question is how long does Ole stick with Hendo?

4.) 15 Jul 2021 18:01:30
But Ed002, how does this work with us extending Lee Grant’s contract and then signing Heaton as 3rd choice GK. Seems odd to carry 4 GK’s in the squad.

{Ed002's Note - Heaton is a replacement for Romero and Lee Grant will work with the youngsters whilst completing coaching qualifications.}

5.) 15 Jul 2021 20:30:40
Henderson for PL, DDG for the CL and cups. Other clubs have operated in such a fashion. For example Casilas and Diego Lopez for real madrid.

{Ed0666's Note - England with Clemence and Shilton



15 Apr 2021 16:54:43
Dont shoot the messenger but apparantly we a few are reporting we are in advanced talks for Varane.

Ed you mentioned we might look for an experienced striker to replace Cavani, has Ciro Immobile been looked at? Thanks in advance.


{Ed002's Note - No.}

1.) 16 Apr 2021 01:25:19
Thanks Ed.



06 Apr 2021 12:50:00
Juan Mata set to be offered a one year contract extension. Do any of the Eds no what the plan is for him despite lack of game time?

Also is there any possibility that united could look at a coaching role for Mata in the future? He has lost the pace but is still technically a fantastic player and I feel he could really offer something.


{Ed002's Note - Juan Mata (AM/RW) is out of contract in the summer and has opportunities to continue his career in Italy, Turkey and at at least a couple of clubs in the MLS. I suspect there would be options in England if that were to suit him. Right now as far as I know it remains totally open as to what will happen. In Spain an option exists but they are a second tier team. A contract extension will likely be offered but the player will need to cosider his options. I suspect he will stay.

I have no idea if the player would be interested in coachinh in the future.}

1.) 06 Apr 2021 14:56:24
Well we do have a history of hiring ex-players as coaches.

2.) 06 Apr 2021 21:09:06

3.) 06 Apr 2021 21:59:22
Genuinely forgot he stilled played for us, does he still do his weekly blog?

4.) 07 Apr 2021 09:48:11
You're not wrong Shappy!

Thanks for the prompt reply Ed.



18 Jul 2019 20:46:11
Rumour that AC Milan are in for Bailly, how likely is this if Maguire arrives?


1.) 18 Jul 2019 22:09:52
I hope Bailly doesn’t leave, he’s worth giving a chance for another season.

2.) 18 Jul 2019 22:11:52
Send them Rojo on the sly.

3.) 19 Jul 2019 06:31:53
We have Lindelof as first choice, a new CB needs to come definitely, and my third choice would be Tuanzebe as he has deserved a run out in the team.
I thinking going with 5 CBs in a season is decent backup.
I would only keep 2 of Jones, Smalling, Bailly and Rojo now.
And when an offer comes for any one of them we should cut him loose.
5 CBs, AWB, Dalot, Young and Shaw is decent cover for a season. Then there are young players in the academy we could use if more people get injured.

4.) 19 Jul 2019 07:10:49
Smalling and Tuanzebe should be ahead of Bailly.

He’s had his chance, he’s not good enough and he’s caused problems in the dressing room.

5.) 19 Jul 2019 07:54:48
Would rather jones and rojo go although I think rojo is going to be 2nd choice left back to shaw

Can only see darmian leaving out of any of them.

6.) 19 Jul 2019 08:52:29
Jones and Rojo.

Jones is slow lack technique and has been at the club longer than he deserves.

Rojo is that wild he belongs in a Zoo.

Bailly deserves another chance after Mourinho wrecked his confidence.

7.) 19 Jul 2019 09:46:48

Has Bailly caused problems in the dressing room?

8.) 19 Jul 2019 11:01:01
Same question as Mad Hatter from me please Wazza.

9.) 19 Jul 2019 11:02:50
Having doubts that we will get the Maguire transfer over the line. I hope we get it done, I think he will make a massive improvement to our defence. It will be good to get a settled back line of AWB, Lindelof, Maguire and Shaw.
Get Fernandes and maybe another midfielder like Longstaff in and that will be a very good window for us.

10.) 19 Jul 2019 12:29:26
MH, yes under Mourinho.

11.) 19 Jul 2019 12:42:01
Really don’t get people saying Smalling is our 3rd or 4th choice defender. He’s by far our worst! His passing is dreadful, his heading is shocking and my grandma who is six feet under has better positional sense. Promoted way above his ability. He should never have left non-league!

Bailly is ten times better. People slate him based on one game against PSG when he was picked at RIGHT back!

I’d rather play Jones than Smalling! For me Rojo and Smalling should be the 2 defenders out the door! But maybe that’s just me.

12.) 19 Jul 2019 12:56:12
Bailly would be my 3rd choice and Smalling 4th choice.
Rojo is a walking red card.
Jones can hardly play a quarter of a season without getting injured.
Tuanzebe needs an EPL loan to progress.

13.) 19 Jul 2019 14:31:57
I'd get rid of all four of them to be honest over the next three windows counting this one.

Bed in Maguire/ whoever and Tuanzebe this season, sell two of them. Then next summer sell the other two and look for signing.

For those who watch the academy are there any other centre back prospects?

14.) 19 Jul 2019 16:41:52
Mort not really anyone outstanding. Actually last year the younger teams shipped a few goals but I think that was not just down to the defenders but to a lack of midfield quality too.

15.) 19 Jul 2019 21:47:20
I have no idea what Lindelof has done to justify all the praise he gets.
Imo - and will be massively unpopular - but Smalling has been best centre half last 2 seasons. I would get rid of Jones and Bailly. If Rojo stays fit offers much needed cover at LB.

16.) 20 Jul 2019 02:46:19
Lindelof has been r best defender by a mile last season! We need a experienced head beside him to Marshall the defence! Tobi from spurs makes sense low transfer fee, give him his big wages it's only for 3 yrs we'll have a chance to see if r youth r good enough or to see how r scouted players turn out!

17.) 20 Jul 2019 05:46:15
Wazza you still haven't explained how. Throwing statements doesn't justify the veracity of the said words.

What did he do to cause problems in the dressing room during Mourinho's reign?

I'm sure a lot of people would like a bite of your "exclusive"

18.) 20 Jul 2019 10:51:19
Yaz there is nothing exclusive here. It was said last season that Bailly was part of the problem with Mourinho, as were other players. It was said on here many months ago, I can’t remember who by.

19.) 20 Jul 2019 13:33:49
Bailey pissed Jose off as he wouldn't play when injured. Never heard a thing about him rubbing people the wrong way Wazza.




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16 Oct 2021 19:12:35
You can give a man all the tools in the world, it doesn't mean he will be able to build you a house.

Unfortunately the same can now be said about Ole. Strengthened areas that needed it and we look a worse team than we did last year. Club legend status has worn off, he isn't the man for the job. Time to move him on before things start to get worse and we end up like Arsenal.


{Ed014's Note - ?? you’ve been the new Arsenal for years!

1.) 16 Oct 2021 19:29:53
He was never the man for the job.

2.) 16 Oct 2021 20:31:03
Ole has got the tools but not the blueprint to build the house ?.

He's still searching for it with Fred helping him out ?.



22 Jun 2021 20:56:45
Reports Haaland has agreed personal terms with his next club. Do you have any knowledge Ed whether this is true and if so on who it is? Thanks in advance.


{Ed002's Note - Wrong page, this is the Manchester United page.}

1.) 22 Jun 2021 22:04:30
Hasn't Mino agreed personal terms with every club in Europe for Haaland.

2.) 22 Jun 2021 21:49:08
Sorry Ed, thought he might be a target still so posted here. I'll repost on the euro page.



21 Apr 2021 13:50:01
Just when we thought it couldn't get any crazier, Conor McGregor has come out saying he wants to buy Manchester United.


1.) 21 Apr 2021 14:11:45
He's going to need a rather large promissory note seeing as his current net worth is around 120m, but the club is valued at around 3bn.

2.) 21 Apr 2021 14:19:36
Worse than any American owners that clown would be. He would probably want to start up front himself.

3.) 21 Apr 2021 14:42:03
lol Leahy :)

4.) 21 Apr 2021 16:01:58
Lol Leahy! True story. He was only taking the mick anyway.

Shappy, although he wouldn't come close to 2billion, he is worth a considerable amount more.

5.) 21 Apr 2021 17:44:00
All we need is MBS turning up thinking he can get United on the cheap.

6.) 21 Apr 2021 21:17:21
Angel, just checked Forbes have his net worth at around 181m. He's not short of a Bob or two, but he's a pauper when it comes to the money needed to buy our club😂.



15 Feb 2021 15:34:47
I find all the slander on De Gea very strange, being a goalkeeper maybe I'm just more sympathetic.

I was always told there are 10 men in front before it gets to the goalkeeper, everyone needs to do their job and if the opposition get into a shooting position, the 10 in front have failed.

De Gea is being exposed to a lot more chances against him because the 10 infront (mainly the 2 CBs) are failing to do their job. If you are exposed to more chances you're more than likely to make a mistake. Its simple. No one is perfect as Allison has recently been demonstrating.

I am a fan of Henderson but I'm sorry to say with the chances being created against us currently, he won't be immune to making mistakes. Some might not like it but DDG is still the best keeper at this club.


1.) 15 Feb 2021 15:55:10
Kurtis, I think the frustration isn't necessarily down to mistakes, but how much of a wimp he is.

He's targeted by opposition players at corners because they know he'll go down like cheap hooker.

2.) 15 Feb 2021 15:59:22
While I agree that a keeper can be easily exposed by those in front of them, I don't think that explains the whole story with DDG.

He has been beaten at his near post too often this season (it shouldn't ever really happen), he is still far too weak in the air and he doesn't command his box. While he has dropped the ball or knocked it into the path of the opposition on a few occasions this season which is just poor goalkeeping.

People talk about DDG struggling because the defenders sit too deep and get on top of him, but do you really think either of Schmeichel or VDS would have allowed Harry Maguire to step on their toes.

If DDG thinks Maguire and Lindelof are getting too close then he should tell them to bugger off. Just as big Pete or Edwin would have.

The problem with DDG is simple, he was world class at shot stopping, but his all round game was poor. Now he has dropped a level in his shot stopping ability he can't make up for those deficiencies and his weaknesses are being more exposed.

3.) 15 Feb 2021 16:13:45
exactly wazza. and the whimpyness is rubbing off on others

plus he can't distribute it to anyone.

gets bullied when he has the advantage of jumping and using his hands.

4.) 15 Feb 2021 17:04:30

5.) 15 Feb 2021 17:47:00
De Geas been in the premier league a DECADE now and he's just as susceptible when facing crosses, set pieces and balls into the box.

Alos he seems to have regressed/ gone backwards when it comes to playing with the ball at his feet.

He had 2/ 3 seasons where he was genuinely one of the best players in the league, worth 15 points a season, the sole reason we got 82 points in one season under mourinho according to the underlying expected goals reasons.

Hes had his time and he should dropped in the PL for Henderson.

6.) 15 Feb 2021 17:59:51
Yes Ken, slander. Someone said he was about as much use as a lattice condom the other day. I for one won’t hear of it. A lattice condom let’s far less past it than De Gea.

7.) 15 Feb 2021 18:22:50
Fair point rwwd 😁😁.



13 Dec 2020 01:17:27
Listened to Gary Neville and Roy Keane talk about whether Ole is right for the job. As much as he is their mate I thought Gary made some very good points about the lack of tactics and set style of play.

Worth a watch if you didn't see it.


1.) 13 Dec 2020 08:48:41
Good thing its taken gary neville two years to work out we would be better off with a coach who had some tactics and a style of play which suits a dominant, big club.

Part of the reason Ole got the job in my opinion was the way the like of gary neville and rio ferdinand were gushing over Ole when he was caretaker manager. Reality was we didn't have much tactics or a style of play back then either and they were pretty irresponsible in backing him for the job back then.

They should be holding the club to account for not getting. A DoF and a top manager as they said they would when mourinho got sacked.

2.) 13 Dec 2020 09:43:54
Ive always found Gary to be quite vocal about the structure of the club and the "people higher up" in charge of recruitment.

Shame the Glazers don't watch Sky Sports.

3.) 13 Dec 2020 10:08:58




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16 Jun 2022 09:44:28
Hi Ed, I was under the impression Dalot was being kept but AWB would be made available. Has something changed or have I just got it wrong?


{Ed002's Note - I was asked about interest - there is interest in Dalot and as far as I know could be sold if a suitable replacement is found.}



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10 Dec 2021 17:27:17
What are we going to do without his goals, assists, work ethic or winning mentality?




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13 Nov 2021 12:31:23
Anyone with half a football brain knows Kessie is a better player than Fred. Unfortunately Ole doesn’t fall into that category.




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27 Apr 2021 10:25:13
Ed, have our transfer targets been influenced at all by the new appointments made by the club?


{Ed002's Note - They are simply internal appointment.}



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21 Apr 2021 09:51:16
I think Chelsea and Manchester City jumped on the bandwagon with the proposal in the hope that it could potentially be commercially successful. I imagine they had some doubts but wanted to take the risk that it pays off. Unfortunately it didn't so they quickly U-Turned.





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23 Nov 2021 10:54:08
These are professional footballers who train 6 days a week. They can learn a new style of football if asked to the same as learning anything, with time.


{Ed014's Note - are you saying that the United players have been training, wow, who knew! ?



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21 Nov 2021 22:02:40
They probably think Ten Hag is a cocktail and have never heard of Ajax before.


{Ed025's Note - they think ajax is a surface cleaner kurtis..



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21 Nov 2021 00:07:35
Id rather have Fletcher until the end of the year and get Ten Hag in the summer than get someone else now.

The season is a write off, onto next year.




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30 Oct 2021 10:39:27
So, with the game today providing what could be the make or break on Oles future position. Who here thinks he will have the stones to make changes to the team?

Also, if you were in his position, what would your line up be for today?




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25 Oct 2021 16:11:16
Sack Ole, get an interim until the end of the season. let's be honest the realistic target now is a top 4 finish and an interim could probably still do a better job than Ole. Then we go all in for Erik ten Hag in the summer.

Problem sorted.