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02 Oct 2020 22:43:40
So looks like Dalot on loan to Ac Milan, good opportunity to get game time and see if he can progress.


1.) 02 Oct 2020 23:22:37
Agreed. He’ll do well there if he can stay fit. Get some game time at a major club and come back next season and challenge. AWB and Williams at RB, Shaw snd Telles at LB this year. Where does this leave Fosu-Mensah? Surely this means his time is up sadly as he never
Really kicked on?!

2.) 03 Oct 2020 01:21:35
Sadly? We’ve had some poor players in recent years but TFM might just be the worst.

3.) 03 Oct 2020 07:26:37
Bit harsh Downside, he was probably the only player who did ok against Palace. He's just had bad injuries, that doesn't make him a bad player, I think he gets one last season to show he's capable of being a squad player.

Apparently United we're open to sell Dalot, but wanted 30 million, which seems ridiculous considering his output. So not convinced he is merely being sent out for experience.

4.) 03 Oct 2020 07:30:44
Didn't Roma want TFM on loan along with Mike?

5.) 03 Oct 2020 08:34:27
The thing with TFM is that he has unable to pin down a position for himself. Is he a RB, a CB, a holding MF? None of the coaches have been able to help him out there either. I think he can be a decent backup to Matic.

6.) 03 Oct 2020 08:41:50
Grim, no that was Dalot, Roma and Milan both wanted Dalot, but he has opted for Milan apparently.

I agree Shan, he has a decent pass on him, which is something a few of our midfielders lack.

7.) 03 Oct 2020 08:52:49
Sadly because when TFM came into the side he looked a great prospect - but he’s never kicked on. I for one find it sad when our players don’t quite make it.

8.) 03 Oct 2020 11:44:22
TFM isn’t good enough for us, not by a long way. He showed promise when he came through but failed to kick on. If he was going to make it with us he’d have made a name for himself at Fulham and/ or Palace. No need to be sad Eric (although appreciate the sentiment) . The lad will find his level (Championship maybe? ), have a good career in the game and retire never having to work beyond his 30’s.

9.) 03 Oct 2020 12:31:36
Sure he will. He’s pretty versatile that’s all in case we get any injuries. the Dutch John O’Shea.

10.) 04 Oct 2020 01:21:43
I like TFM. I think he could be a decent player with some proper coaching.



14 Sep 2020 16:52:34
Simon Stone suggesting that the Sancho will not come through over on the BBC.


1.) 14 Sep 2020 17:41:01
I'm going to say it now, Jadon Sancho will sign for Manchester United, or he won't.

United know what Dortmund want, United don't want to agree to that, terms with Sancho and his agent are worked out in principle, which means Sancho is at least happy to join United, even if we aren't his preferred choice.

We are now in a blinking contest with Dortmund. If we expect them to crack then we will miss out on him. Simple as that. If the club really want to sign Sancho then they just need to pony up and pay the man.

No one in the media KNOWS what will happen, at best they have a link to one side, but they don't have to full picture unless they have links to both sides. Which they don't.

Just sit back and enjoy the sunshine, we've signed DvdB, we look like signing Reguilon. We have several players in our squad who are young and developing, any of whom could make a big step forward in their progress. We have signed a plethora of young players to join our academy, any of which could be in the first team squad in a few years.

We can't change the course of the club, either we will or we won't make more signings, either they will or they won't work out well, either our young players will kick on or they won't. Maybe this is the season everything comes together and Ole turns us in to genuine challengers and we win a cup or maybe it will all fall apart by Christmas and we can argue amongst ourselves over who should be the next manager.


2.) 14 Sep 2020 17:43:12
He also suggested the same for Bruno, Maguire, Wan-bissaka and James. He's a journo who is briefed by the club. Take whatever he says with a pinch of salt.

3.) 14 Sep 2020 19:57:29
No one on the media knows what is going on but it sounds like shappy does.

4.) 14 Sep 2020 20:33:18
Sancho is worth no where near the amount that Dortmund want. It just comes down to if we will pay it. I would not bother if it was me.

5.) 14 Sep 2020 21:56:21
Not a clue jred, just sitting back waiting to see if we sign anyone else. I hope we do, but I'm not going to spend the next three weeks on tenterhooks jumping every time a 14 year old makes up a fake Twitter account as an "in the know" agent spouting about this signing or that signing.

6.) 14 Sep 2020 23:01:24
Good post Shappy, very true.

7.) 15 Sep 2020 07:10:29
At this point I can’t see a move materializing.

Although I never placed much significance in Dortmund’s deadline of August 10th, we’ve reached a point where selling Sancho really doesn’t make much sense on their end.

The season has begun and his contract is long enough that they’ll be able to get as much for him next season as they would next (perhaps more still if he has a good season) . There’s not a lot of time to sort out a replacement either and even if they were able to find a suitable player who is also available, other clubs would likely raise the price a little due to how late in the window we are and how much the Dortmund would have received from us. It could also take a bit of time for any new signing to acclimatize and settle in to life at the club.

Assuming they have no pressing financial issues that need to be addressed imminently, waiting until next summer makes a lot of sense for them.

Conversely, if we really want Sancho, this summer was always going to be the time to sign him. Next summer he will likely cost even more and perhaps more significantly, other clubs may be in a position where they can rival us for his signature. Even if we do somehow get the deal over the line this summer, it will have been a poor window if only for how much time has been wasted on a target whose price was made perfectly clear months ago.

8.) 15 Sep 2020 15:07:27
What other clubs do you think will realistically try to sign him? I don't really see too much competitors. Real Madrid are supposed to go after Mbappe, which is a very big deal, and they won't need Sancho too. Chelsea already bought enough of attackers. I suppose he wouldn't go back to City. Liverpool doesn't seem to have enough money, Barcelona as well. Things could change, but I'm not so sure there will be many buyers next summer as well.

{Ed004's Note - Chelsea could easily go back in for him next summer if he becomes a fairer price, Liverpool if one of Mane or Salah move (Salah seems keen on the Spanish sides) and PSG when Mbappe needs replaced will be after a star attacker. This is our only chance at a free run at him imo}

9.) 15 Sep 2020 21:48:09
I could partially agree on that Ed004. I suppose PSG could be an option, but it is questionable if he would want to go to France, as I heard, he would prefer playing and living in England. I still don't think Chelsea will go for him next season, if they didn't go for him now. They had a good chance now as well, but they opted for Haverc. Liverpool story seems likely, but has too many "ifs". Not sure they would give 120 mil for Sancho, if they won't pay 30 mil for Thiago. Also, I guess they would want over 100 mil for Mane or Salah, so it is questionable if Barcelona would pay that - maybe they would do a swap with Dembele.
Who knows, time will tell.



01 Sep 2020 01:42:30
Upamecano has spoken to French media ahead of the international game. He said he signed a new contract because Leipzig had shown trust in him by playing him. He did say he wasn't going to lie and that he is currently in contact with several clubs, but he feels there is no urgency surrounding a move, so said he'll just see what happens in the future.


1.) 02 Sep 2020 07:42:06
Sounds like ge could be tempted then lol.

2.) 02 Sep 2020 08:19:04
It sounded like he would want reassurances in terms of game time. He trusts Leipzig to play him as they play young players. He is also part of the France set-up now, and there's no shortage of competition for places, so he'll want to be playing to keep in contention.

I had a quick glance at the French press and there's rumours regarding this. They say United are showing the most interest and that an official bid may come soon, but Real Madrid and PSG are also interested, although the latter seem to see him as plan B to Skriniar.

I'm guessing that if he's talking to clubs, that means Leipzig has given him permission to do so, so it seems a transfer would be possible at the right price.

3.) 02 Sep 2020 09:43:10
Fabrizio Romano confirmed that we are in for a CB.
Hope we go in for Upamecano or Pau Torres.
The ideal choice would be Giminez.

4.) 02 Sep 2020 13:32:06
Can see the club waiting a year for a cb and prioritising a right forward signing instead.

5.) 02 Sep 2020 15:51:42
Upamecano would be a great signing but it seems massively unlikely.

I still don't understand why we haven't looked at Alaba. His versatility, ability on the ball and pace would help us in defence.



16 Aug 2020 12:52:16
So Chong joining Bremen on a season loan, good move and hopefully he'll come back physically stronger.


1.) 16 Aug 2020 16:46:44
He has been highly rated and coveted since his teenage years.
This could be the making of him. I hope he forces his way into the team and makes the most of the opportunity.

2.) 16 Aug 2020 18:23:00
He has potential, but he needs to learn how to compete in men's football. There are 100's of kids who absolutely destroy academy football, they are just a step above everyone else at that level. Some because they are physically advanced, some because they are more technically gifted. Yet the step up is all about mentality and seizing your chances.

Has had the frame and pace that if he falls short as a winger, he might make a very good wing-back.

3.) 16 Aug 2020 19:21:35
Agree Shappy, he actually didn't look too out of place when he played left back.

4.) 16 Aug 2020 22:10:18
I've never seen it in the lad. Not sure what Chong I'm watching 🤷.

5.) 17 Aug 2020 08:01:34
Angel, I think it depends whether you're watching him at academy level or senior level. At academy level he looks dangerous and creative, while at senior level he just looks a yard behind the rest. Not a yard in his legs but a yard in his head. The speed of transitions seem to catch him out.

Ultimately he needs game time at this level to adjust. So a loan is the ideal solution. He should probably have been on loan this season.

6.) 17 Aug 2020 17:32:17
He has been a yard short at senior level for quite some time now shappy each time he has got a chance. He's had numerous chances too. Not sure how he 'develops' something like that into his game.



14 May 2020 11:14:09
Hi Eds, the Express are reporting that an agreement has been reached with Lyon for the signing of Dembele for 70 million euro, is there any truth to this?


{Ed002's Note - As you know Manchester United are interested in Moussa Dembele but I am not aware of any "done deal" just yet.}

1.) 14 May 2020 12:35:32
Ed, are we still in interested In Niguez or are we trying to sign him this summer?

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed - try searching.}

2.) 14 May 2020 13:29:45
Thnx Ed.

3.) 14 May 2020 15:06:33
There is a lot to like about Saul Niguez but for me if we could sign any midfielder it would be Fabian Ruiz.
Not quite as strong defensively as Saul, but much more creative with his passing. He reminds me of a young Scholes. Able to play as the deepest midfielder as a playmaker, in the No.10 or as a No.8 as well as wide if needed, and able to do all roles with very little drop off in performance.

4.) 14 May 2020 17:15:02
F. Ruiz isn't a bad shout much better then the likes of Neves.

5.) 14 May 2020 18:46:36
I think Ruiz will end up at City.

6.) 14 May 2020 19:18:56
I think Ruiz is One of the targets of Real Madrid.
As Ed previously said, Saul may be available to raise some cash. Hope we go for him and move on Pogba.

7.) 14 May 2020 19:20:31
Hard to take any rumours seriously at the moment with the final decision on remaining fixtures still to be taken.

Who know if we will be spending figures like the OP quoted on any player this summer?

8.) 15 May 2020 10:08:31
Thanks Ed, just thought it worth asking as the vocab in the article was more concrete than speculative.

{Ed002's Note - I am sure they are just teasing you.}

9.) 15 May 2020 14:17:28
I did see that Moussa Dembele current club on Wiki was Manchester United, too long in the tooth to believe such things until a shirt is held up in the air.

10.) 15 May 2020 15:01:17
Moussa Dembele would be a decent signing, although I don't think he is a vital player we need. With Martial and Greenwood we have two very exciting options up front. I'd be happy if we made Ighalo a permanent signing, he's a different type of striker who is already settled with the squad while not being at an age where he will be a long term block to Greenwood, who I honestly feel could be a first choice player within 2 years.

Now a top class RW and a midfield playmaker are much higher priorities in my opinion.




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18 Dec 2020 20:37:56
Nice to see we signed Kai Rooney, whether it works out only time will tell, but it would be great if he could one day walk in his father's footsteps.


1.) 20 Dec 2020 09:44:12
History suggests very few kids of great footballers breakout of their fathers shadow and make it at the highest level, and even less surpass their fathers achievements.

I hope Kai proves me wrong, and how on to have a fantastic career. But it's so much harder for the kids of famous footballers to succeed under the shadow of their fathers.

2.) 20 Dec 2020 17:30:09
I never suggested the opposite, but it would be great, even if he gets one game in a United shirt. Doubt he'll ever live up to his dad, not many footballers will.



15 Nov 2020 09:02:28
Just read that Overmars and Van Der Sar are looking for a new challenge and have both been linked to a switch to United. Probably no truth in it, but it would be promising.


1.) 15 Nov 2020 09:40:13
I've seen the same and tried to post in the rumours section.

2.) 15 Nov 2020 11:41:57
I expect Overmars is looking at the mess at Barcelona and would like to throw his name in the hat as someone who could be a part of the solution.

3.) 15 Nov 2020 18:18:50
How do you know Shappy?

4.) 16 Nov 2020 10:26:46
ExFZZ, I don't which is why I said "expect" rather than he is.

Logically, the role Overmars has at Ajax doesn't exist at our club currently. So we don't have a role for him unless we make the role.

Secondly, the timing indicates that something recent has happened to make Overmars feel like he needs to highlight he could be available. We have apparently been looking to hire someone for 2 years, and at no point has Overmars said look at me. While the fallout and resignation of Barcelona's president happened a week ago.

Thirdly, as an ex-Barcelona player Overmars has a link to Barcelona, where as he has no connection to us.

Like I said I don't know, but him looking at Barcelona makes more sense, which is why I said I EXPECT that was who's attention he was trying to get.



06 Nov 2020 09:16:00
I wonder if Donald Trump is a United fan as he doesn't seem to take defeat very graciously.


1.) 06 Nov 2020 10:05:17
He also talks a lot of crap so he could be.

2.) 06 Nov 2020 10:30:23
In a parallel universe Woodward is on the phone to Trump right now offering him the United job due to his extensive 'management' experience.

Everyone: 'You're crazy. The man is a lunatic with no football credentials whatsoever'.

Woodward: 'But just think of the sponsorship opportunities'.

3.) 06 Nov 2020 10:46:13
Now that it looks like he's out of a job, wonder if he could use his “huge and enormous wealth” to buy the club from his buddies the glazers.

4.) 06 Nov 2020 11:08:20
Don't even joke, DSG.

5.) 06 Nov 2020 13:42:29
He would bankrupt us within a year, just his casinos.



03 Nov 2020 08:07:45
I've been thinking about the difference between PSG/ Leipzig and Chelsea/ Arsenal and wondered whether the absence of Martial contributed. He is a constant threat and works hard off the ball, which means he's created space for the likes of Bruno/ Pogba/ Rashford/ Greenwood to exploit. We've had 6 penalties this season, and I believe Martial earned 4 of them. He is also often involved in little one touch moves with the likes of Shaw and Rashford, which creates movement and unpredictability. He's also one of the few players we have who can dribble into the box and cross across goal. I also appreciate that he is capable of coming deep to collect the ball and move it forward. Just something I thought and wondered about the impact of his absence in those two home games.


1.) 03 Nov 2020 09:58:09
Surely he does, Martial has been excellent for a while now, he brings others in to play, he might miss some simple chances but more often than not later he scores a worldie after he misses one.

2.) 03 Nov 2020 10:15:33
I agree it has contributed, but i think the overwhelming, huge difference is that psg/ leipzig gave us so much space to counter attack where as arsenal/ chelsea did not.

Interesting article in the telegraph linked on the discussion page which goes over our poor record at home when we have majority of the ball posession.

Clearly we have not developed the ability and wherewithal to play with the football in oles 2/ 3 years here and are still way too heavily reliant on counter attacks or opposition mistakes to score goals.

3.) 03 Nov 2020 10:40:00
I also thought back to last year and how our prolonged bad run of form coincided with his injury and reintroduction (he does take time to get back into the flow) .

Although the reaction has been warranted, it must be stated that we were not dominated neither by Chelsea nor Arsenal, and although we did dominated PSG, we didn't dominate Leipzig until they fell apart, it was purely that extra creativity that gave us the edge, a creativity seriously lacking in both the Chelsea and Arsenal games.

4.) 03 Nov 2020 11:11:31
Looks to me like deflection, trying to make out Ole is not the issue, it is in fact Martial absence that is the problem after all. Sorry nonsense. Martial is phlegmatic, can disappear in games. DSG post makes more sense.

Ludwig appreciate your efforts to defend Ole but it is more than the absence of Martial and in honesty, it’s a poor deflection effort.

5.) 03 Nov 2020 13:33:29
Martial has started 12 games for United and France this season. He has scored 1 goal from the penalty rashford game him v rbl
Did he play against Newcastle our biggest league win?

6.) 03 Nov 2020 13:40:43
I think Martial being absent in both domestic games has had an impact. How can missing a vital first choice player not have an impact.

Is it the only thing that effected the result? Of course not. The tactics and quality of the opposition, the expectation, the tactics chosen by our manager, momentum, the fact that domestic rivals have a far better understanding of your players and how you play compared to European teams that might play you once every few years at most.

Its far to simplistic to just blame one player being out injured/ suspended, or to just blame the managers tactics, or to just blame the players form etc. The reality is that it is everything.

7.) 03 Nov 2020 13:45:10
Who's defending Ole here or trying to deflect, I appreciate your efforts in terms of attempting to read into things, but like a lot of the time, you are off the mark again.

8.) 03 Nov 2020 13:59:27
Ken, goals aren't everything, he stretches defences, and runs at them. He provides movement that allows others to create chances, as well as creating chances himself. He may have one goal, but he's got 3 assists, and forced 4 penalties, he also got at least one assist for France.

Shappy, what 'quality of the opposition' are we talking about? It's not exactly like Chelsea or Arsenal played particularly well against us. Either game could have gone either way. So although it was a bad loss, it wasn't like we were played of the park.

9.) 03 Nov 2020 16:41:07
LLV, I was talking in general. There are many many factors that play into how a team performs and the results.

You can play a team off the pitch and hit the post 4 times and lose to the only attack the other team had all game. I've seen a team lose with the opposition not having a single shot on target, they lost due to an own goal.

I think that while Martial being out will have impacted the game, I don't think it's as simple as that being the reason we lost. There are too many other factors at play.

Also limiting an opposing team and nullifying them is also a "quality". The art of defending, disruption, hard work etc. Sometimes you don't play well because the opposition do a great job of disrupting your play and limiting your ability to play well.

{Ed047's Note - Jesus you are truly scraping the barrel now, it’s getting beyond embarrassing.

10.) 03 Nov 2020 18:23:16
Martial will never be a world class striker he just doesn't get in the goalscoring positions a poacher does😁😁.

11.) 04 Nov 2020 00:51:20
shappy we lost because the pe teacher set up with jose tactics not to loose. he got schooled by arteta who has been a manager how long. jose with spurs came with one purpose to embarrase the pe teacher.



02 Nov 2020 06:57:44
A little positivity. I just stumbled across a French video on YouTube where they argued that Rashford is the most important footballer in history because of his off field activities. It's nice to see the whole thing is getting attention outside the UK.


1.) 02 Nov 2020 08:26:55
While his current campaign is truly inspiring, let's not forget he is not the only footballer making a difference. There are plenty of them like Essein, Salah, Neymar who Re involved in building schools, hospitals, providing access to clean water facilities in their home countries, didn't Drogba even stop a civil war.

2.) 02 Nov 2020 10:59:34
The video mentioned that, but they stated that while other players (they mention Ozil in particular) do very good things, none have had such an impact on a political level. Sadly, the players you mention are African and the media and Europe rarely cares about Africa, but totally agree that there are players doing great things there.

I think their point, in the video, was that Rashford is shining a light on the inadequacies of wealthy nations, who, despite resources, are willing to let people go hungry (it's a very different situation from Africa, where their resources are plundered by wealthier nations) . He is using his platform to bring attention to these inequalities, rather than doing it privately in the background. That's a hard line to walk, to bring attention to a cause, without the focus being on the player himself.




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16 Jul 2021 14:42:16
Cantona has done a great job in masking that Leeds accent of his, likewise for the others, I mean Irwin gets that Irish accent down to a T.




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05 Jul 2021 10:09:23
Pogba to PSG is unlikely as he's stared several times he'd be unwilling to move there out of respect for his father who was a Marseille supporter.




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05 Jul 2021 07:54:07
It's all coming from one source though, Fabrizio Romano, who is quite often on the ball when it comes to deals. Did mention that PSG are interested, but it sounds like United are in advanced talks with a fee more or less set as Rennes want to cash in before he becomes a free agent.




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05 Jul 2021 06:26:59
Romano has just posted about negotiations progressing for Camavinga with a €30 price tag.




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31 Dec 2020 11:54:23
Pogba has repeatedly expressed in interviews in France that he has no desire to play for PSG as his father supported Marseille, their biggest rivals. Whether this would continue to matter if a substantial offer was made would remain to be seen, but that is something he has expressed several times.





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22 Jul 2021 09:31:14
In all fairness, they are very close, they would have talked during the euros. If he's pushing for United, as suggested, then Pogba couldn't have spoken too badly about the club. Didn't Pogba and Martial have a part to play in Hannibal joining? Or was that just a media story.

Varane was close to joining before going to Real. Ferguson had come to Lille to sign the papers and talk to the player, but the move was hijacked by Zidane. Maybe Varane has always kept that in mind and thought it would be nice to follow up on it some day.




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16 Jul 2021 14:43:42
Back to Ole's original set-up then, that's how he had it in his first month's, up until Smalling got a knock.




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15 Jul 2021 14:33:25
It doesn't take stats to realise how much he misplaces his passes, you just need to watch a game. Fred causes chaos, which does mean he breaks down the play and prevents the opposition from creating momentum, but as I said previously, that also means our plays suffer too. It means we have to go down the flanks where our players are not great crossers. The difference was visible in the amount of chances created in the middle, for Cavani and Martial, before Pogba returned to the side and played on the left. No one mentions how bad Fred is defensively too, he is often caught out of position, making the CBs vulnerable, and often neglates to cover the full backs when they drift inwards to fill the space left by an out of position Lindelof or Maguire. So many goals come from Fred losing the ball or an opposition player finding plenty of room where he should be covering.




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15 Jul 2021 14:36:36
Because it could be Boro's?




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15 Jul 2021 09:10:41
Ole initially played with one CDM a box to box and an CAM. The double pivot seems to come from his lack of faith in the defense, which could shift with someone like Varane coming in. I don't particularly believe this is how Ole wants to play, as that is not how he began as manager.

Things changed when Smalling got injured after that initial spell in charge, and results suffered, leading to the double pivot the following year, with Smalling departing.