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22 May 2024 14:23:44
ED002,

With the recent Ashworth fiasco, could Utd still look elsewhere for a Sporting Director etc instead of Ashworth?


Or, are they now going to be forced into doing a deal with Newcastle for Ashworth?

Thanks.

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - They will not be looking elsewhere at the moment. They have to find a settlement.}


1.) 22 May 2024 15:00:08
Thanks ED002.


 

 

10 May 2024 21:20:02
ED002,

Have Utd shown any interest in Mandela Keita from Antwerp?

Thanks.

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Mandela Keita (DM) Will make his move to Royal Antwerp permanent although they could be offered an immediate profit by Leeds or West Ham. Scouted by Rennes, Manchester United, Nottingham Forest, and Norwich. Any English club signing him would likely need to sign him as an exception, and that is not an attractive idea to most clubs. There is a chance that West Ham will look to an early offer.}


1.) 11 May 2024 13:55:03
Thanks ED002,

Have a good weekend.

{Ed002's Note - And you.}


 

 

16 Nov 2023 15:54:33
ED002,

What's your opinion on Jean-Clause Blanc as the potential new CEO for the club?

Thanks.

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - I don't know him but he is a businessmen who has an excellent background in sports management. He should be fine.}


1.) 16 Nov 2023 17:04:37
Thanks ED002.


2.) 16 Nov 2023 23:00:27
Surely we can't hire him, he seems actually qualified for the role. Surely that's against company policy? ??.


3.) 17 Nov 2023 07:01:58
Agree Shappy

That and Paul Mitchell will be an improvement.


4.) 17 Nov 2023 09:59:18
Regardless of everyones preferences on the sale if Blanc and Mitchell do come in it will be the most positive move that the club has made in years.
Hopefully it will lead to a change in approach to the transfer market with a cohesive long term approach rather than short termism.
Lets hope the rumours come to fruition.


5.) 17 Nov 2023 12:41:36
The Glazers have been terrible owners, but our performances on the pitch are not about who owns the club, but how it is run.

It doesn't matter if the owners are "football" people or not, in fact its probably better if they aren't. We've seen it many times where owners want to get too involved in the day to day running of the club and that never ends well.

In my eyes a good owner wants the club to be successful on and off the pitch, but they hire the best people, with subject specific knowledge to run the club rather than get involved in every aspect. They should be enablers and not dictators. Give the club what it needs to be successful, and show authority when things aren't working, being decisive.

At Manchester United the owners have made enough funds available for us to be successful. Where the club has failed is the one of the owners wants too much say (Martial is his favourite player, and he pushed for his last contract renewal for example), and this both slows the process and means that someone who doesn't have the footballing knowledge is ultimately at times going against the advice of people who know better. The other area the club has failed is we fell into the same trap that sunk Liverpool in the early 90's. The club has become too much of a boys clubs, cronyism and people holding positions of power not based on experience and proven expertise but due to who they know. It has created a club that is too much of an echo chamber. If you want to be successful you don't surround yourself with hangers on or sycophants. You surround yourself with people who'll challenge you and question your ideas.

Not every idea you have will be a good one, in fact many will be bad. You need people around you who'll point that out, not nod and say "yes boss, great idea".

United have too many people who won't challenge things when they think something isn't right. The proof of that being the case is in the pudding. A decade of repeatedly making the same mistakes. If there was anyone of substance within the club they would challenge a decision to do something that has previously failed rather than sit by meekly and let it happen again.

There is a fine line between hiring people who you can work with and hiring people who will challenge and question things. A lot of that is based on you and your ability to be open to people questioning why a decision has been made, and being open to have a dialog when making decisions. It might ultimately be your responsibility to make a decision, but that doesn't mean others don't have valid points that you might want to consider and factor in. You want to hire confident, critical thinkers with area specific knowledge and experience.

At United we just haven't done that, off the pitch we have tended to hire people we know, regularly promoting from within, moving people up into positions they have no experience of.

I have nothing against Darren Fletcher, he's no doubt a great guy. Yet he is the best example of hiring someone for a role that for ages didn't even have a job title, and is a role that no one could quite define. While obviously Fletcher himself could have no experience or expert knowledge for a role that just didn't really exist.

I mean what was he hired for? What was he there to do? And what qualified him to be there doing that role?

I don't mind hiring ex-players for some roles at the club, but it has to be on a basis of them earning it by being the best candidate for the role. Edwin van der Sar for example went away and studied, got the qualifications needed after retiring from playing. Started off in a junior role and had to prove himself to work up at Ajax. If we were to hire him I would hope it was based on what he has done off the pitch and not because he once played for us. But at least he has done the job and proven he is capable, we tend to hire people connected with the club for roles they have never done before.

When we get told we are amateurish, this is what it is referring to. A consistent approach to bring in the wrong people for the wrong reasons. Then for some reason be surprised that it doesn't work out. So continue to do the same thing over and over again rather then question the ability of the friends we employed to make those decisions.

SJR is a self made billionaire, he has done so entirely because he doesn't surround himself with sycophants. He hires the best people and builds good, healthy working relationships with them. He wouldn't be able to be where he is today if he didn't. Everyone who knows him speaks highly of him because he's highly competent and he's personable. Able to build those good relationships and get the best out of those around him. That in itself draws the best people to him, they respect him and want to work with him.

He looks to be trying to use that same approach that has made him the success he is to our club. If he can do that then I am confident he will make a success of our club.

It all sounds promising, JCB likely to come in at CEO. A man who has held that position at Juventus and PSG and performed with distinction at both clubs. No doubt he'll shake thing up at the club and clear out those who aren't helping to progress the club. He will be a massive upgrade on Richard Arnold who proved how out of depth he was by meeting fans in the pub. It's actions like this that give credence to the rumours of his lack of professionalism. He has made a career out of being Ed Woodward's understudy. He was in no way qualified to be running the club.

While the links to Paul Mitchell also sound promising. Again hiring someone who doesn't have a connection with the club, but has proven his ability at other clubs.

These two appointments will only be the start, and what happens next will be impossible to accurately predict because until these new guys come in, assess the situation and decide what (and who) needs to change then we won't see those changes. Assessing then implementing will take months, maybe a year. While it won't be until those changes have been full implemented and refined and done over a period of time will we be able to fully see the results of that. It'll be years before we can appreciate the changes. But they are coming and they are starting now.

Finally something to truly look forward to, some real hope.


6.) 17 Nov 2023 14:37:38
We've kept replacing managers but not the execs or the players they bought.


7.) 17 Nov 2023 14:45:51
I don't know how these guys will pan out but it's been a long time since I truly felt there was anything other than blind hope that the stars aligned and it would all come good.

Getting in top level execs who are competent is a very good place to start.


8.) 17 Nov 2023 15:02:10
So you rely on journalist when it suits, like martial is Glazers favourite player and they wanted to overpay him millions only way to know that would be if they actually told you which I doubt
You know how SJR conducts business and made his millions too and what calibre of people he surrounds himself with again you’re listening to journalist, the same journalist you say talk rubbish and are lazy all the time! But you listen when it backs up your view unless he shared that information personally with you
Your making all this up as per usual and trying to pass it off as factual when in reality it’s just your view yet again and to be fair you jump on every band wagon for past 10 years and ride it out till it goes pear shape and abuse everyone else when they jump ship before you only for you to eventually jump ship and back track anyway.


9.) 17 Nov 2023 18:26:41
Rangersred, It's been said by ex-managers that Joel Glazer refused to sanction selling Martial. There are direct quotes. Could be a lie of course, but at least there is something tangible. Someone has put there name to it.

Either way someone at the club agreed to give him a new deal in 2019 after Jose wanted him gone, and Ole had come in and didn't want him either.

The point I'm making is that people are making bad decisions at the club not based on football knowledge or understanding.

I don't bother commenting on anything in the media that doesn't have a direct quote. If no one is willing to put their name and reputation on it, then its most likely b*****ks. Whenever you read "reports" or "someone close to" or "sources" then assume that its simply rubbish. It's just a way for the media to write something made up while attempting to give it some level of authority.

Even the things that are quoted you should still be sceptical and critically analyse it. Who is saying it, did they actually say it, has it been taken out of context, why are they saying it, is there an agenda or motive.

The problem is we have a tendency to lean into confirmation bias. We already have an opinion on something, so what we are looking for is proof we are right rather than gathering information to make an informed decision. We all tend to be guilt of that to varying degrees. What separates people though are the ones who acknowledge their own biases and factor that in when making decisions and forming opinions, from those who don't. The one that do tend to be the actual confident ones, the one who can accept being wrong or openly change their mind without concern of how it will make them look. The one's who ego isn't so fragile they can accepting they were wrong or misinformed.

As for who SJR surrounds himself with, no I do not know them personally. I also cannot personally vouch for their competence.

However, my point was about that how successful you are is directly correlated to who you spend time with and who is in your inner circle. That's a well known and proven fact with hundreds of articles of academic literature to support that.

if you read what I wrote with an open mind rather than with an attempt to find fault then you'd have spotted that I said:

"He wouldn't be able to be where he is today if he didn't. "

highlighting that in order for him to go from regular Joe to billionaire, that to do so he would HAVE to surround himself with the right people and hire the best. Simple you can't go from nothing to billionaire by hiring the wrong people and surrounding yourself with sycophants. It's just not possible.

So no I don't need to know these people personally or get the words right from the horses mouth. Somethings are just common sense based on the evidence before you.

I've never said what I write is anything other than my opinion. If you don't have the comprehension or intellect to read accurately what is written, rather than what you want to see or expect to. Well that's on you and there's not a lot I can do about that.

I do support managers and players when they join the club, even if I'm not personally convinced they are the right person when they join. I do that because I consider that THE fundamental aspect of being a supporter of the club. You can't be a supporter without showing support.

So I do until it gets to the point where its clear and obvious that the situation is no longer recoverable and a parting of the ways is inevitable.

I'd argue that I don't abuse anyone, I'll have a little banter, but I appreciate and respect the editors on here and anything that crosses over to being abusive will not make it through to the pages. Although I appreciate that we have some posters with a delicate disposition who can't handle people disagreeing with them, saying they are wrong, or light hearted banter. To those people I'd imagine they consider anything other than total agreement lavished with praise and compliments to be abusive towards them.

Of course not everything that makes you angry, upset, sad, feel stupid or hurt is abuse.

The abusive posters simply get banned. Their abuse doesn't get posted but their account gets blocked. Forcing them to have to create new account after new account to enable them to keep posting.

I've had the same account for more than 15 years, which tells you something. I was banned once for a week, about 10 years ago, for something I said which was called out as ignorant. On reflection it was, I apologised, learned from it, grew up and got on with my life. Which seemed the my progressive approach rather than create a new account and refuse to anything.


10.) 18 Nov 2023 19:06:25
It’s been also said my ex managers and ex players and pundits that ETH is out of his depth, but you ignoring them ones but taking note of the ones that say something you like! Normal service resumed….


11.) 18 Nov 2023 22:03:29
Ex players and ex managers who are removed from the situation and actually have no idea what is going on. Or the ones who are being paid to say things that can be clipped up and put into print?

I'd imagine if you gave your noggin a wobble it'd rattle?.


12.) 19 Nov 2023 02:48:47
Stalker alert Shappy, it’s so embarrassing.


13.) 19 Nov 2023 07:57:08
Rangersred is entitled to his opinion is he not? After all it’s a discussion forum! Bit of digression beats the same boring monopoly…….


14.) 19 Nov 2023 11:17:24
Fireman,

Opinion is fine, trolling as different usernames, getting blocked then doing the exact same thing again isn’t fine. Do you actually think all of the negative stuff and nothing positive is his opinion or the opinion of a troll just trying to get a reaction from Shappy (that he never gets)


 

 

12 Mar 2023 12:18:57
ED002,

Are Utd in Carlos Baleba?

Thanks.

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Carlos Baleba (CM) Scouted by Arsenl and Newcastle - but I cannot see how he would be eligible for a work permit in England unless paying Lille and the player well over the odds.}


1.) 13 Mar 2023 09:26:40
I think it would take time for him to make a Baleba out of me tbh ?.

{Ed077's Note - maybe a bit of pain and you'll become one quicker?


2.) 14 Mar 2023 17:52:47
Then you saw his face WRD. Now your a beleba ?.


3.) 14 Mar 2023 20:31:25
DB,

I resisted posting something similar, but I didn't want to be accused of monkeying around.


4.) 15 Mar 2023 15:12:13
Wow, didn't realise we had so many silver surfers on here. I'm probably the youngest person who'll get that reference and I'm in my mid thirties ?.


 

 

21 Oct 2022 09:48:36
I can't help but laugh at the latest rumour today, Van Der Sar as the new DoF.

Must be a slow day today at. the office.

Mad Hatter

1.) 21 Oct 2022 12:01:51
It's coming from a source close to Ajax which kind of suggests that there is something in it.

As it makes zero sense for a source with connections at Ajax to make stuff up that could negatively impact the club as it could burn bridges.


2.) 21 Oct 2022 12:28:47
Be great if true.


3.) 21 Oct 2022 13:07:49
Salford7,

Agreed, it would be great if it was true. But I'm not sure would be to E. VdS liking. He is a CEO now.

As ED002 has already said numerous times, Utd already has a DOF.


4.) 21 Oct 2022 17:35:15
I would not be surprised to see VDS to take up a senior position at Utd, however I would be surprised if it wasn't something linked to his skillset thus far which was in marketing/ commercial director and then CEO of I remember correctly.

The football dorector side of it with that trio at Ajax was Overmars who was caught sending rudie nudies or something.


5.) 21 Oct 2022 18:00:13
We're like a dog chasing random cars. Murtagh is our Football Director, Fletcher is our Technical Director so why not muddy the waters even more with a Director Of Football even if that is what Murtagh is doing.


6.) 21 Oct 2022 20:42:06
He's done a good job at ajax and he's better than what we currently have. This could be a great move by the club. Oakbark nothing to do with him what overmars did, if someone in your workplace did that would it reflect on you?


7.) 21 Oct 2022 21:50:58
I'm neither for or against the hiring of VDS.

If he joins then I have two hopes.

Firstly that he has been hired within a clear plan for what his role will be, what powers come with that role, and how his work will be measured as either a success or a failure.

Secondly, that he is being hired based on a body of work he has achieved that direct translates to what we will be asking of him at United. Rather than my fear that he is being considered for a job because of his past connections with the club and as an attempt to appease a disgruntled fanbase.


8.) 22 Oct 2022 19:32:40
Danny at no point have I mentioned what Overmars did has anything to do with VdS just as it has nothing to do with Ten Hag or should have any bearing whatsoever on them.

However the original poster suggested VdS being DoF. My point was that he was never in a position of sporting technical or footballing director, Overmars handled that.

VDS was Mareketing director then moved to CEO. I could so no sense in bringing VDS in for a job he isn't trained, experienced or qualified to do.


9.) 23 Oct 2022 09:32:49
I've no idea if there is any substance to the rumour oakbark.
But of course he has the experience training and qualifications to do the job.
What do you think a ceo does?
Those rolls will have retorted in to him so he knows the rules intimately.
He if anything is over qualified. There are plenty of ceo's of smaller companies that move to roles beneath ceo's in much bigger companies in order to move to the ceo of bigger companies overtime.
That's natural career progression.
Think bigger picture from vds's point of view.


10.) 23 Oct 2022 11:13:45
To be honest I would not have thought VdS would be returning into a Football role anyway. I could see him appointed to another position in assisting the running of the club. This I would be more than happy with.

I posted here two years ago that I would wish for VdS Overmars and ETH to come as Ceao DOF and Manager. Obviously whatever happened with Overmars stopped that as a possibility.

VdS seems to have done an excellent job as CEO and I would be more than happy for him to come in that role or a role on that side if the buisness. I just don't think he's the man who should be running the footballing side right now and In truth I don't think United would be considering that.


11.) 23 Oct 2022 15:51:59
Never posted before, but what is it, that people on here always think someone else is better! Think we just seen that in politics it’s not always so

I have no idea if VDS could cut it in a proper league, it’s a bit different from being at Erdevisie level, maybe he could maybe he be useless, but what grounds do you base your theory even on that he would be great, it’s like picking random players out a hat (that’s al done daily on here) and saying we should buy him he is better then. XYZ…. See the latest is Toney, well maybe Ten Haag don’t want that sort of player and he would prefer a small fast moving player such as Jaeo Felix…. Picking Random names just guessing they would be better then what we have is just stupidity! Be it players/ CEO’s DOF’s or canteen staff, it’s a childish way and some need to get a life and live in real world.


12.) 26 Oct 2022 07:28:43
Mumbles, maybe they are positioning themselves to move Fletcher or Murtough?

Coupled with the rumours about Edwards, they look to be making moves. Very positive IMO as Fletch and Murtough are not up to it.


13.) 26 Oct 2022 23:54:52
Has anybody worked out what Fletch actually does yet? Mot sure he even needs replacing.


 

 

 

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21 May 2024 20:29:31
Let the Poch to Utd rumours start!

Mad Hatter

 

 

14 May 2024 22:08:58
ED001,

What are your thoughts son Tosin Adarabioyo?

Obviously a free transfer this summer, but do you think he could be a shrews acquisition for Utd if they were interested in signing him?

Thanks.

Mad Hatter

{Ed001's Note - he is raw but an improve,ent on the options you have for the style you want to play. So he should be a good option so long as the wages are right. Physically good, but can be rash and loses concentration at times.}


1.) 15 May 2024 02:38:29
Thanks ED001,

I haven't really seen him play. Perhaps he wouldn't be a bad signing on a free transfer, whilst he may improve further given the right coaching.

{Ed001's Note - good coaching could transform him into a very good player. He is decent on the ball but not top end level but comfortable enough to do as a long term option. You wouldn't have to rush to replace him, so it would allow you to concentrate on the other gaping holes in the team and maybe he can grow into the player you need anyway. If I was looking from a Liverpool/Arsenal/Man City perspective, then he is not what is needed. But they all need just finishing pieces for a team. United need an almost complete rebuild, there are very few players there that you would say are good enough long term, Mainoo being the standout exception. So players like Tosin make absolutely perfect sense to fill gaps and allow a quicker rebuild.}


2.) 15 May 2024 07:37:31
And that's a huge problem at United at the moment -Coaching and the lack of it . Not far behind poor recruitment as the cause of many of our problems long and short term.


3.) 15 May 2024 08:42:38
ED001,

The challenge the club face this summer is actually getting rid of the deadwood.

I'm hoping for some astute signings aswell.

{Ed001's Note - that is a problem all clubs face now with Europe's PSR in force.}


4.) 15 May 2024 09:48:38
I think if we are looking to bring in 2 CB's he would be an excellent option at a reasonable price. We are going to have to be innovative with the window so this fits for me and allows us to look at another CB.

If we went into next season with Martinez, Todibo (or similar), Tosin, Kambawala, Lindelof then we should be good for next year with Lindelof replaced the following year.

{Ed077's Note - he'd be homegrown too.


5.) 15 May 2024 10:40:22
Think Tosin becomes an option of we are bringing in 3 CBs he would signal lindelof is also leaving.

Martinez, Branthwaite, Tosin and Silva?

Think they are all happier defending higher up the field than Maguire and lindelof and from what I know (touch wood) they aren't as injury prone as Varane, also you might get all 3 covered under varanes wage alone.


6.) 15 May 2024 10:51:42
Silva and Branthwaite would cost towards £150m so I don't see both. Of course depends on who leaves. Seems like exits could be more influenced by contract length/ expiry than ability or suitability suggesting Varane and Evans to go this time round.

{Ed077's Note - Varane is leaving. Evans is out of contract too so a decision needs to be made. I guess one of Maguire and Lindelof may leave dependant on the suitors for them. That's a big turnover in one ho if it happens like that.


7.) 15 May 2024 12:11:11
I think silva and Branthwaite may just be available for under 100m. Everton need the money, and the Portuguese papers seem to say benfica would rather lose Silva than neves so a deal can be done. The question then becomes do they want Silva or Neves more and which player do we have the best quality attainable back up for at a decent price etc. lots to think about.

{Ed002's Note - Silva and Branthwaite will not be avilable for £100M - it would cost considerably more to buy them both.


8.) 15 May 2024 12:44:55
We’re going to need a new RB as well.


9.) 15 May 2024 14:02:12
I imagine silva and branthwaite together would be more than £150m.


10.) 15 May 2024 14:35:41
Maybe my sneaky feeling is a little off then.


11.) 15 May 2024 15:55:25
In - Todibo, Frimpong and Tosin
Out - Varane, Evans, AWB.


12.) 15 May 2024 19:47:26
We’re going to need a new back 4.

{Ed077's Note - Dalot doesn't need replacing this summer.


13.) 16 May 2024 11:38:13
Surely need a RB to replace AWB tho?


 

 

09 May 2024 14:02:52
ED001,


What are you thoughts on Tuchels as a manager and as a potential autd manager next season?

Previously you weren't overawed by his abilities, so I'm wondering if you still think the same.

Finally woukd you stick with EtH for one final season and perhaps wait until next summer to appoint a new manager?

Thanks.

Mad Hatter

{Ed001's Note - I certainly wouldn't look at Tuchel, you would be better off bringing back Jose if you are just going for out of work managers. Tuchel is awful and gradually destroys any team that he takes charge of, after an initial early bump. If I was speaking as a Liverpool fan, he would be up there with Moyes as one of my first choices, which should tell you something about how I rate him. He is just not a good coach or good tactician. Far too negative and his football is soul destroyingly tedious.

I really don't see how Ten Hag can survive the recent performances, more than the results. The team has been falling apart around him and he seems helpless to rescue it or coach improvements. The big problem is the paucity of options to replace him. I was discussing this with Ed077 recently, might even have been yesterday, and we were struggling to come up with replacements. The obvious long term options are McKenna and Carrick, as both know the club well. McKenna has yet to have a blip to really test him though, so would be a huge risk. Carrick has had a big blip this season and pulled it around, so that is a good sign, but it still seems a bit early for him to take over at United.

The big issue is that we don't know what style of football is going to be set by the technical staff for the head coach to follow. Once we actually know how the club is going to be set up to play, then it is easier to pick a coach to produce that style. Though it may be that, in that case, Ten Hag would be capable of doing that job, as he could get Ajax to play to the Ajax blueprint. His problem has been recruitment and producing his own tactical blueprint. Perhaps it might even be the case that with his powers curtailed, and a tactical plan laid out for him, he could actually be fully capable. I just don't see him getting the chance to show it after the way the team has performed under him in recent weeks in particular.}


1.) 09 May 2024 14:53:26
Fair assessment 001. It's clear that the structure at United is a far cry from that at Ajax up to a year or two ago.

It begs the questions as to why we brought in a manager who is proven with a good setup around him. Or does that highlight the sheer ignorance of the club's decision makers at that time? It is/ was a a Fun House made up of non-football people who were blind to their own shortcomings.

I too am scratching my head as to who is suitable, which is why I'm in favour of giving ETH a chance with a proper setup. The issue is that the setup will take at least 12 months to settle, so one could still argue that ETH wouldn't get the full impact of a proper structure.

One thing is for sure, I don't want to see Southgate anywhere near the club. He's so incredibly defensive and limited, keeping ETH is a much better option.

{Ed001's Note - I think it is just a sign of how much of a mess the decision makers were creating. You had people who knew as much about football as I know about pop music or fashion. Which is less than nothing!}


2.) 09 May 2024 15:00:24
Ed001 - Good read and a fair and honest review thank you.

{Ed001's Note - thanks mate.}


3.) 09 May 2024 15:26:19
Ed, has Tuchel worked under a similar football structure that SJR is trying to put together before?! ETH has which is why I’d be happy to see him next season and think he should be giving the chance. But I am not convinced he will be here after the FA Cup final so surely a new manager needs a proven record under a football structure which for me, the only one who fits that profile of suggested names is Potter but I just can’t get on board with him, especially when ETH gets hammered for no charisma etc, not sure Potter brings a lot of that. I don’t know much about Brightons set up now so not sure whether De Zerbi is working in that structure? He strikes me as a bit more of a maverick who would want to work to his own ideas. But I know very little of him so could be well off the mark with him.

{Ed001's Note - as far as I am aware Tuchel has not worked under that structure, he likes to have a lot of input. I would avoid De Zerbi if you don't want a manager who alienates players and talks a lot of crap in the media. Usually talking crap about his players as well.}


4.) 09 May 2024 15:30:02
Always like your take on things Ed1. What about Potter?

{Ed001's Note - I am not sure he has shown the strength of character to step up to United. He needs a lot of time to build the way he plays and deals with players, he needs a step in between Brighton and United to get him the trust to do that.}


5.) 09 May 2024 15:54:44
I don't see how Southgate (or my preferred choice of Nagelsmann should ten Hag leave) are viable purely because they will be involved with their respective national teams for most of the window. We have one of our biggest ever windows coming up and I can't see how the manager cannot be fully focused on it. This is one of the reasons I too would stick with Erik, but of course with each awful performance they are under increasing pressure.


6.) 09 May 2024 16:38:53
Not leaving many options Ed ?? wonder if Klopp would fancy a year or two!


7.) 09 May 2024 19:54:28
If ten Hag hadn’t made such a mess of it this year I’d back him to stay under a real structure. But he’s really underperformed this year.


8.) 09 May 2024 19:37:07
Thanks for the response ED001.

Who would your pick now be for the Utd job?

{Ed001's Note - that is such a tough one, having discussed this with Ed77 and we really struggled to come up with anyone totally suited. We went through all the Roger Schmidts, Adi Hutters etc but could come up with as many reasons to not want them as we could to give them the job. Which is why I ended up suggesting McKenna and Carrick. The more I think about Carrick, the more I think he could be well suited to this moment - he would get the backing of most of the fans, he tries to play football rather than just sits deep and defends. He is still learning, but getting the fans onside behind him while the background stuff is sorted out could be invaluable, even if he is only there to give the club time to find the long term choice.

I would have though Amorim would be the best choice, but his attitude and actions in recent months have certainly made me wary of him.

If it is straight to a man they think is the long term answer, then I think it would have to be Thiago Motta. I just would want to make sure that everything was right behind the scenes before I burned up an option like that, as I think he is very much a long term answer.}


9.) 09 May 2024 21:48:02
I can assure everyone edoo1 is not into fashion:) We have met yonkers ago and he is a class guy bar the dress code:)

I agree with you on Tuchel ed001 but some here who are corporate gurus salivating over him :) I am just a kabab shop guy and what do I know:)

{Ed001's Note - hahaha yeah I have never understood fashion.}


10.) 10 May 2024 02:04:31
Cheers ED001,

Thanks for your response. Utd do find themselves in a tough spot.

{Ed001's Note - it is a difficult time to be looking for a new coach right now. The ones that are standing out are so new that it is a huge risk to pick any of them.}


11.) 10 May 2024 09:29:48
a name that hasn't been shouted from the rooftops as a potential manager would be unai enery. Not given time at arsenal, turned villa around and european success for starters but the thing that impresses me is his ability to change system/ structure of a team within a match to suit the opposition. I believe he signed an extension at villa but way ahead of a lot of candidates/ possibles imo, definately not southgate or potter.


12.) 10 May 2024 09:56:06
Pretty sure Emery has been touted but believed unobtainable. And with Villa likely CL qualifiers I'm pretty sure he'll be going nowhere?


 

 

22 Apr 2024 20:09:48
Hopefully if EtH leaves at the end of the season, he leaves having won the FA Cup.

No fan should want any less for him.

I'm must admit I'm very frustrated like you all. I can't wait to see what happens in the summer.

This has been a season to forget.

Mad Hatter

1.) 22 Apr 2024 23:29:46
100% agree to that.
He has failed in certain aspects of his job but done well in others.
If he were to leave I don't think many would regard him as a disaster or failure.
He at worst will leave with a 3rd place at least 1 cup and 3 finals
2nd league season and both European campaigns were total flops.
But with all he has had to deal with he would and imo should be respected for his time here if not overly fondly remembered. He came into a nuthouse to be fair and I think tainted himself and has been tainted badly enough to want to start a new era with a new man at the helm.
Nice guy but too many ingredients missing to be the man imo.


 

 

19 Apr 2024 16:44:26
ED001,

Which players would you keep at Utd cine this summer?

Thanks.

Mad Hatter

{Ed001's Note - the problem is that you are unlikely to be able to unload and then replace everyone in one summer, but the ones I would look to keep are:
Martinez, Kambwala, Evans, Malacia, Dalot, Mainoo, Mount, Shoretire, Garnacho, Hojlund.
I would probably not be that bothered about some of them as well, if there is a decent replacement in the youth team or available to buy. The rest are all disposable imo.}


1.) 19 Apr 2024 17:34:23
Cheers ED001,

I think not qualifying for any European football next, may aid the club next season. There necessity to replace isn't such a requirement then

I was surprised to see Shoretire in your list. What are your thoughts on his potential?

{Ed001's Note - I took the list of first teamers from transfermarkt, so he was in there. As was Diallo but I am not convinced by him and think there is better in the academy. I think Shoretire still has a chance of making it, but he needs games in the first team to do so. It is never easy, but having these youngsters coming through the academy around the team helps. It reminds the first teamers just how much it means when they interact with these kids who are just delighted to be in contention. It also gives the kids in the academy a boost knowing that if they put in the effort they will get a chance. On top of that, the ones in the team will usually put in that little bit more effort, at least early on, to prove themselves.}


2.) 19 Apr 2024 18:00:55
No Onana ed?

{Ed001's Note - definitely not, he is dog muck. He would be the first player I would replace. His basic goalkeeping is awful, his technique is abysmal and he is not that good on the ball either. He is nowhere near good enough for a team that wants to challenge for trophies.}


3.) 19 Apr 2024 19:08:49
yeah but apart from all that I reckon he is pretty good.


4.) 19 Apr 2024 19:29:56
ED001,

Thanks for that. What do you make of Amass, I was hoping, still hoping to see him get some minutes as neither Dalot nor AWB have been suitable at lb this season.

Understandably, Amass is only 17, so perhaps a tad bit young just yet given how poor the team have been. Yet, Mainoo has shown how good he is despite that. I think that says more about his attitude aswell.

{Ed001's Note - I like the look of Amass, he will no doubt get some minutes if you have a dead rubber game at the end of the season. Personally I would have given him a chance before now, just to see if he can hack it.}


5.) 19 Apr 2024 20:32:52
ED0001 MY GUYYY!

I said this since day one that Onana is so poort its a joke that we even bought him.

{Ed001's Note - I really do wonder about the scouts that don't notice his basic technique is so bad.}


6.) 20 Apr 2024 00:07:03
In personally don’t hold with this not being in Europe will aid us argument. For a start it means we will not be able to attract the players we need to form the spine of a developing team

We need to replace these players to ensure that if we do get into Europe then we are able to compete. Otherwise we turn up in Europe in 2026 with ageing and unsuitable players and round we go again.

Do I think we will get to Europe? Not at all, but to think it will help us is possibly off the mark. And personally I don’t think ETH is the man to do it either. Far too tactically limited for such a demanding competition.


7.) 20 Apr 2024 09:32:43
Ed001, we have signed other players with shocking technique: Fred, Maguire, especially Wan-Bissaka. Now Onana.

It is surely unusual for a club to sign so many players with poor footballing technique. Are the scouts also not good enough? I know a few left a year or two back but have they bee. Replaced effectively?

{Ed001's Note - I believe you are rehashing the scouting network.}


8.) 20 Apr 2024 11:12:01
Well, I’ll do my best Ed.

{Ed001's Note - I heard you were doing a good job.}


9.) 20 Apr 2024 11:55:17
Ed notice your not keeping Bruno or Rashford but also notice your list is mainly u24s, is that because you'd look to clear the decks and start again or due to a specific issue with those players?

I personally think they are both struggling in a system the team is not confident in and there's is some confusion over what they are being asked of and that's the whole team not just the 2 mentioned.

{Ed001's Note - because I would clear the decks and start again. It is a case of letting players go that would bring back money to rebuild.}


10.) 20 Apr 2024 12:47:55
Who would you have as the manager Ed? I know you're a big fan of Southgate and are hoping he'll replace Klopp.

Seems to be a shortage of top managers out there at the minute. All are a bit of a gamble.

{Ed001's Note - for United? I think you are right, Southgate would be ideal. It would mean whenever I watch United play my insomnia would not be a problem....

Seriously though, I think someone like Slot looks about the best bet. Maybe Amorim, if he isn't going elsewhere. There aren't really a lot of good options about, which is the worrying thing for the sport in general. There just don't seem to be any standouts right now. McKenna would surely have to be considered, though I have not seen anything of Ipswich to really judge the way he plays.}


11.) 20 Apr 2024 12:58:47
I don’t think Onana is being seen as a flop or disaster personally. Played for Inter, forced Pep to change tactics because of what he added.
Awful start for sure, but so did so many Utd GKs I can remember inc Schmeichel, DdG, Bartez.


12.) 21 Apr 2024 11:25:41
Thank you, Ed001! I know Onana has made a few good saves recently (although I can't remember any that any decent keeper shouldn't be making) but I've always maintained the basics just aren't there. Even the saves he does make are usually parried right back into the danger zone.

{Ed001's Note - I can't understand how he has made it at the top level personally. But then somehow Pickford has managed to become an England international, so the world has gone mad.}


 

 

 

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24 May 2024 12:25:21
The deciding factor on whether Bruno stays or goes will be the amount of money on offer.

The guy is 29 and if the Saudi's were to offer £50-60 million plus for him, I'd imagine it would be very difficult to turn the money down.

The club need to sell players to raise funds, sometimes you struggle to get rid of those players. Along comes a good offer for a player you would be inclined to keep, but desperately need the funds to buy others.

Mad Hatter

 

 

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22 May 2024 15:00:08
Thanks ED002.

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22 May 2024 14:20:07
Personally I'd sell Maguire along with Lindelof. Is rather extend Evans contract for a further year if it meant those two were sold.

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Thanks ED002.

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17 May 2024 18:30:26
AWB has a other year at the club, I'm not if there are any clubs interested in him?

ED002, what are the options for AWB this summer?

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) Manchester United have invoked a one year contract extension as the replacement they had in mind is not interested in the move. Middle East may offer a solution. Inter Milan might be a wildcard solution.]


 

 

 

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27 May 2024 19:02:52
Jim Repear,

We certainly did haha.

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27 May 2024 19:00:22
We've seen EtH during the highs and the lows. He kept on fighting and we won the FA Cup.

Give him one more season. INEOS haven't completed their structure yet and will have to implement over the course of next season aswell, in particular when Ashworth eventually joins.

Mad Hatter

 

 

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26 May 2024 15:43:22
Salford7,

Sancho has a known attitude problem. He often turned up to training late at Utd and when he was previously at Dortmund.

ED001, did a very good write up about Sancho.

EtH had to play Casemiro in defence. There wasn't an alternative due to the injuries Utd had. Of course he could have played McTominay defensively he is suspect and lacks discipline. His hands were tied.

EtH has appeared abit more last over the last few games and his in game substitutions have made sense. A season with so many injured players is difficult for any manager. The real issues is a lack of quality and a poor attitude amongst certain players.

This season has shown how key Martinez is to Utds success. Him and Bruno both are.

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26 May 2024 09:13:44
Ed025,

You make a good point. I'm a fan of EtH. I'd like him to have a other season, given that the current available options aren't that appealing. McKenna needs at least a season in the EPL under his belt.

Mad Hatter

{Ed025's Note - i think your right about there not being much out there MH..


 

 

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24 May 2024 15:04:00
I agree. If the plan was for EtH to stay, then the club would have realised a statement attesting to that.

It's like LvG all over again.

Mad Hatter