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Team: Manchester United

Where from: Coventry

Favourite player: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Best team moment: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's scoring the 1999 Champions League Winner

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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.



15 Mar 2018 09:21:23
I've heard from a source very close to Wolves that we have shown an interest in Ruben Neves. Can anyone confirm?


1.) 15 Mar 2018 19:10:24
I’ve only saw it a couple of times in the papers etc. Was very highly thought off at Porto, but lost his way a bit by all accounts hence why he’s at wolves, supposed to have been excellent though.




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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



25 Nov 2020 09:14:29
Best piece of commentary during the game last night for when Rashford won the penalty.

"Who needs a number 6 who can pass long distances when you've got Lindelof"

A sly dig at Pogba perhaps? If so I'm all for it. We have finally solved the selection dilemma with VDB.


1.) 25 Nov 2020 11:11:41
I think its a bit too hasty to declare the midfield selection solved after last night.

I mean if mctominay is fit for sunday, i expect ole to bring him to come back and replace vdb to provide more defensive solidity or matic will come in to [artner fred if mctominay is not fit.

VDB is a quality player, intelligent, can play 1/ 2 touch, great technique. Fred has the work rate and covers an immense amount of ground but neither of them really have the passing range that the commentator you referred to was having a dig at.

Pogba has that range of passing but his tendency to slow things up and his lack of defensive work rate just really can't be excused anymore so it makes sense to move him on.

2.) 25 Nov 2020 12:23:39
Kurtis, I think it was more a dig at Fred’s passing. Savage was very critical of Fred going sideways and backwards, and rightly so.

3.) 25 Nov 2020 13:06:39
That would make more sense Wazza!

4.) 25 Nov 2020 14:14:59
Fred was dreadful last night. Every pass went sideways or backwards. The very few passes that he attempted to go forward went to the other team. I couldn't believe how bad some of his passes were, so simple yet Fred makes it look so difficult. He always over cooks it on the ball as well taking that extra touch that he doesn't need which is why he gets caught with the ball a lot. Having said that the passing from the whole team in general was bad in the second half.

5.) 25 Nov 2020 15:06:41
I'd love to have a peak Michael Carrick in our team right now. Someone who could control the game's tempo with his passing, someone who could shield the back four and contribute to attacks with his passing. It would free up and create so many chances for DvdB and Bruno.

Fingers crossed that James Garner lives up to his promise. He could become a top player.

6.) 25 Nov 2020 15:21:46
I like Fred. I think he has a great attitude and his energy is a massive plus for the team. Unfortunately I think he needs to be moved on because Utd won't be a top team with him as a regular starter.

He's like many many players that seem to end up at Utd; they're not really good but because they are not terrible and they do offer something, they just hang around much longer than they should. The club should be more ruthless and let them go much quicker once its clear they aren't top top level players.

7.) 25 Nov 2020 16:52:53
Fred wins a lot more ball than any other United player. He didn't start against Palace, Brighton Spurs or in Istanbul. I think the team is better with him. I'm not saying he's world class but he would be in my starting 11.

8.) 25 Nov 2020 17:47:54
I agree with remi. Fred isn't there to hit the Hollywood pass, his job is to break up play. One of main reasons I like Fred is his work rate and tenacity, much better option than Matic imo, we seem to play a lot better with Fred in the team. For me the midfield moving forward should be Fred, vbd and bruno.

9.) 25 Nov 2020 19:21:39
I like Fred, but for me he is the type of player you need for certain games or in certain situations, but sadly he might be a little too limited to be a cornerstone of your starting 11 if you have ambition to win titles.

He reminds me a little of Park Ji-Sung. A pressing machine, an engine that could go on for days. Both on the small side but made up for it with intensity. Park played further forward than Fred but both are primarily there for the same reason, disrupt the opposition and stop them getting any rhythm to their play. However, neither really offer enough on the ball to warrant starting every week. No matter how much you might want them to kick on, that is their peak.

I don't think we need to sell Fred or move him on. We just need to find a way to play our better midfielders without the issue of exposing a weak defence.

10.) 25 Nov 2020 19:57:38
That's what I'm saying about these almost good players; they are just a bit too limited for winning anything which is why UTD have been also rans for a while. Why can't we have top level midfielders who combine both Fred's competitiveness but who are technically good as well?

Who fits that bill? Who could we swap Fred for, keep the good stuff Fred brings but up the quality on the ball?

Massive changes needed in Utd's midfield over the next season or so. Pogba, Matic and Fred all need replacing with much better players.

11.) 25 Nov 2020 20:33:15
Fred is a very useful asset for our squad.
His work rate and energy is immense and lays the platform for forward players.
If his passing and first touch improves, he will be top class.

12.) 25 Nov 2020 23:56:40
I recognise and like his qualities True Red but I'm wondering if Utd can be a top team given his limitations.

Can he really improve his touch and passing so much to the level of a really top player?

13.) 26 Nov 2020 11:48:52
TrueRedDevil, while I continue to hope that Fred's passing selection and technique improve, I appreciate that he is 27 years old, turning 28 in March.

I can't remember many players who dramatically improved basic skills like first touch and pass selection in their late 20's.

I think Fred as he is now is probably at or approaching his peak, with very little room left for growth/ improvement.

He is very good at what he does and in specific situations, sadly I don't think he has the all round ability to be a first choice player for a side challenging for titles.

I think we have a few players like that in our squad. Harry Maguire is another prime example, arguably our best CB, but lacking in a couple of key areas and at an age where is isn't likely to dramatically improve those areas.

A good solid player, with a couple of great key attributes, but just not a well rounded enough skillset for a top club.

14.) 26 Nov 2020 12:44:06
Fair points Mancman and Shappy.

15.) 26 Nov 2020 14:47:59
Exactly Shappy and that's a massive problem for Utd. To be fair, players like Jones, Lingard, Perreira and Rojo have either been moved on or are nowhere near the first team but there are still too many average Joes like Fred, Martial and Pogcrap hanging around who like you say have a few good attributes but aren't enough of the full package for Utd to be a top team.




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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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16 Apr 2021 01:25:19
Thanks Ed.




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11 Apr 2021 13:33:00
Good player, would be an improvement on players we have in that position already. Not what we need at the minute.

Would only want him after other more important positions have been filled.




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

Thanks for the prompt reply Ed.





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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.




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16 Jun 2021 12:25:00
The delay is simply dependent on how long the phase of play continues for. If the offence is on the half way line then you'll likely have a longer delay as it will take longer for the phase of play to end compared to an offside offence in the box.




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16 Jun 2021 12:22:15
We know we have to play every team twice, when we play them should be irrelevant.




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15 Jun 2021 12:37:11
Henderson is not even Uniteds best goalkeeper, let alone Englands.

Nick Pope is Englands best Goalkeeper, although I think even if he was fit Southgate would have still started Pickford.




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09 Jun 2021 14:21:36
Agreed Ed, I would rather we look at him in the first instance. He is a lot more versatile in the middle and would probably come without the drama.


{Ed001's Note - and is a massive upgrade on Fred.}