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19 Jan 2021 12:30:37

Are Uyd looking at bringing in any loan signings this January?

Or is the focus primarily on fringe players leaving?

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Not that I am aware. In what position? The focus is on clearing the decks a bit and figuring out the futures of a couple of players. They also need to start working towards looking at solutions for the summer, deciding if players can step up from the U23s, deciding if they want to try and make a major signing such as Sancho or whatever.

1.) 19 Jan 2021 16:22:10
Thanks ED002,

Is Matas contract up at the end of the season?

{Ed002's Note - Yes.}

2.) 20 Jan 2021 10:53:23
For me the best signing would be a DOF, removes the amateur status and the club can start repairing its foundations internal and external.



13 Jan 2021 17:49:01

It has been reported that Lingard might be moving on loan to Nice?

Is there any truth in these rumours?

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Jesse Lingard (AM) out of contract - Atletico Madrid, Roma, Newcastle, West Ham, Nice, Real Sociedad may offer options. Manchester United may offer to extend to save money on purchases.}

1.) 13 Jan 2021 22:22:33
Thanks ED002.

2.) 14 Jan 2021 10:41:39
thought he already has extended for another season.

3.) 14 Jan 2021 23:53:46
Glad that the club are trying to find him a nice loan. Personally, I think he’d like Villa.

4.) 20 Jan 2021 11:28:43
Mmmmm, Birmingham or Nice? Tough decision that!

{Ed002's Note - Jesse Lingard (AM) out of contract but options are reducing. Nice interest has gone as they wanted a loan in January which only works if he renews his contract for a further year. Manchester United have been informed of the situation by a third party and apparently have no interest in such a transaction. Atletico Madrid were given a report on the player that has caused them to step back. Prior interest of Roma has switched to a different player. Real Sociedad have spoken with Real Madrid about the loan of a player and they can now be discounted. That leaves options in the Premier League with Newcastle, West Ham and Sheffield United now interested. Manchester United may offer to extend to save money on purchases.}



04 Jan 2021 18:18:36

There are reports the Rojo could join Boca junior's is there any truth to this?

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - It will be an option.}

1.) 04 Jan 2021 23:10:43
Thanks ED002.



10 Dec 2020 15:09:54

Do you know/ expect amy players to leave during the January transfer window?

Are the club looking/ trying to sell players aswell?


Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - The club has a number of players out of contract in the summer and there is a chance that Paul Pogba may find a club willing to show an interest in January. If James Tarkowski leaves in Jaunay, Burnley may look to Phil Jones. Jesse Lingard is another who could leave in January.

1.) 10 Dec 2020 17:03:08
I think exits are a bigger issue in January than signings. Very few top level players are available in January without blowing a huge hole in your summer budget to sign them. While one of the things that held us back in making signing in the summer was our bloated squad.

If we can move on 3 or 4 players in January then that is less work on shifting them in the summer. Which might make more space and give more time to sign some next summer.

2.) 10 Dec 2020 18:06:00
Yup. Clear the decks. Hope Romero can find a new club as well. And we will lose ighalo too. we should then keep the current squad as it is and play the kids in europa with the likes of mata, james and bailly, williams etc. to add a bit of first team experience. i would also give hendersont eh arm band and see how that pans out.
we need to focus on the league. A slow start by everyone has given us a chance to make top 4 but it will be tough with chelsea, tottenham, city and liverpool all looking like title contenders.

3.) 10 Dec 2020 18:30:56
Would be very happy if we managed to get rid of pogba on some sort of loan with obligation or even a trade dembele maybe? Managing to finally move on Jones would be great and lingard needs to go. With rojo in the last 6 months of his deal we might actually be able to strengthen the defence next year.

4.) 10 Dec 2020 19:31:20
Need to move on defenders as Ed002 recently said we might be looking at bringing in a CB like Pau Torres if we free up space in the squad.

5.) 10 Dec 2020 20:14:01
Thanks ED002,

Is there any news on a DOF or is it still the same as last time?


{Ed002's Note - There is nothing right now.}

6.) 10 Dec 2020 23:47:51
Yes please Phil Jones to Burnley.

7.) 11 Dec 2020 10:30:16
Dybala and Ramsey for Pogba?

8.) 11 Dec 2020 11:21:47
Dybala doesn’t want United. We surely don’t want Ramsey?

9.) 11 Dec 2020 15:18:23
Would anyone take Jovic in part exchange from Real Madrid for Pogba, then sell Martial to Inter Milan as their replacement for Lautaro Matinez who'll be heading to Barcelona?

10.) 11 Dec 2020 16:04:25
Probably the best p/ ex we could get.

11.) 11 Dec 2020 16:48:55
Shappy, I would take a three legged armadillo in exchange for Pogba.



08 Dec 2020 12:06:39

Are Juventus interested in Paul Pogba. I've sent the Mino said they were a possibility?

Which if any, are the viable options for Pogba?

My feeling is that the amateurs will keep him until his contract expires.

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Paul Pogba (CM) offered to Barcelona - may be available as a Free Agent in 2022 - Manchester United have wrecked the relationship with his agent. I doubt that the club would meet any demands which Mino Raiola would want to agree a new contract. They have extended his contract to 2022 and will need to strike a deal with Mino over any sale next summer (I am sure he would be open to taking, say, half of the sale fee) and hope a buyer can be found - this will need to be through a third party. PSG are in discussions to add two MF players, one possibly as early as January. I don't think paying a significant fee for Pogba is part of their plans right now. Real Madrid have a preferred target although their current coach would like Pogba. Juventus have other priorities in CM but there have been talks and he might be a realistic option at the right price - but Juventus may look to including a player in the deal.}

1.) 08 Dec 2020 12:44:29
Sack him and a weight will be lifted from the club. Never do business with Mino again.

2.) 08 Dec 2020 12:33:19
what does anyone think would be a reasonable price to let him leave for?

we are obviously going to take a loss but united will no doubt like to save face a 2nd time around and not lose him for free.

3.) 08 Dec 2020 12:53:04
Oh Ed - you son of a gun!

4.) 08 Dec 2020 13:10:29
£40m and run.

5.) 08 Dec 2020 13:21:12
Bolger. If it were me I’d run his contract down and let him walk for nothing in 2022. If it’s true that we could lose half of any fee to him and his agent we’re probably looking at somewhere between 15 and 30 million, which considering what we’ve wasted over the past few seasons is a drop in the ocean.

Even playing badly he’s worth far more than that in terms of brand appeal and I’d take some sick satisfaction from knowing that we forced him to waste his prime years playing at a club that he really didn’t want to be at.

It would be a little different had he put in the work since arriving and not repeatedly embarrassed himself and the club with his (and his agent’s) public comments regarding his future. As things stand though, the club owes him nothing, because that’s exactly what he has offered since signing for us.

6.) 08 Dec 2020 13:30:46
club should have just sold him 2 years ago when he first wanted to leave.

he will be what 29/ 30 by the time his contract runs down.

7.) 08 Dec 2020 13:40:05
Hi Ed - any chance of him leaving in January? can't wait to see the back of this circus.

{Ed002's Note - There is no agreement at this time.}

8.) 08 Dec 2020 14:47:40
We have created this situation ourselves, refusing to sell an unhappy player. At this point the financial situation can't be saved, our options are sell him at a reduced price and lose potentially half the fee to Mino and Pogba or force him to run down his contract, meaning we get nothing and have to pay Pogba the best part of 300k a week to do so (around £20m between now and the end of his contract) . Either way we will stand to lose a substantial amount on the over inflated 89m we paid for him.

What we can save is our appearance to other players, refusing to allow an unhappy player to leave will not encourage other players to sign for us. Players will have different drivers when looking at who they move to, just as we would when considering job offers. For footballers things like wages, ability to challenge at the top, location etc are all things they will consider. Just like we would consider wages, ability to progress our careers and location ourselves.

We would also ask other ex-employees or people we knew with experience of that company about their experiences with them. Some companies are known to be a bad company to work for.

In refusing Pogba his move and making life difficult for him we will further alienate potential footballers from wanting to join our club. While as fans we might see playing for United as the highest honour, not all footballers will. They see a job for the most part. We have already seen how when Chelsea matched our wages many players preferred to move to London. While currently we aren't as successful as we once were. We are in danger of making life even harder for us to compete for the best players.

For me its time to stop being silly, to put the egos away and make Pogba's exit front he club as clean and as easy as possible. We aren't going to get our money back, we aren't going to save face and he isn't going to be a key member of our squad moving forward. It's in everyone's best interests to end this failed marriage as soon and as amicably as possible.

9.) 08 Dec 2020 15:41:45
Thanks ED002.

10.) 08 Dec 2020 15:43:34
Pressed reply to early.

Thanks ED002.

Shappy I agree with your post. He should have been sold a while back when he first said I want to go.

As for playing him tonight, i'd drop him. Although he might try harder to make a January move materialise, however unlikely that may be.

11.) 08 Dec 2020 16:03:41
Hahahaha SHAME! Lol only joking, surprised Pogba is doing this. We have Özil so we are no better. Hope you lose tonight though :)

12.) 08 Dec 2020 16:00:36
Thanks for the update Ed. On the point that Juve would want to include a player in a deal, do you know which players they have available / would likely offer? Personally I'd like us to ask for Bentancur but I reckon that's not happening.

{Ed002's Note - Paulo Dybala would be the obvious choice.}

13.) 08 Dec 2020 16:30:06
Isnt Dybala another AM like Bruno/ VdB. It would be silly for us to buy him.

{Ed047's Note - isn’t that United’s thing, to buy random players you don’t need

14.) 08 Dec 2020 17:54:40
Mino maybe in the eyes of fans a little s*** rhymes with hit.

But in a way I am glad he's showing us up. Ed 02 has been saying forever how the amateurs are running the club and this highlights exactly that. Mino is not the disease, the club is. Even though most of you wouldn't dream of admitting it.

15.) 08 Dec 2020 17:54:54
I'm totally split on Dybala if I'm honest.
Firstly, clearly there is a player there, but he doesn't show it often enough. Plus he has displayed a few odd views/ behaviours in the past.
Secondly I wonder how he would fit into our side. He isn't a lead the line striker, more of a hybrid second striker/ No.10. To that end he would fit best in the position that Bruno plays in, which isn't ideal. However, if we were to play a 442 diamond or 3412 type shape then he could play on the right of the front two very well. Which would still allow Bruno in his No.10 position.

So do we take a player who is talented, but might not want to join and doesn't really fill a need we have?

Personally if we are to sign a player from Juventus the two I would consider best for us would be Merih Demiral or Dejan Kulusevski, neither of which I think Juventus would consider selling.

16.) 08 Dec 2020 17:01:54

Unfortunately it's all about the commercial revenue a player brings in. Or trying to blakc cat other teams. We got badly burnt with Sanchez. Utd are like the kid that never learns.

{Ed047's Note - it’s been crazy mate, maybe the current financial climate will force the club into a more sensible approach to it all and you’ll start to see the benefits.

17.) 08 Dec 2020 18:51:50
I know Ed047 and I don't know when all of this will stop! . Its getting to a point I might stop watching football until things change.

{Ed047's Note - can’t argue with that Singh, but as I’ve said to MH maybe the situation now will bring a semblance of calm amongst all this crazy stuff. 🤞

18.) 08 Dec 2020 19:29:32
In fairness FZZ we all know United are poorly run. But it’s a disgrace the timing and what’s worse is the 100% pogba has allowed it to be released at this stage. That’s my only issue. I don’t want him near the squad again.

19.) 08 Dec 2020 18:30:23
Ed02 do you know if it would be viable in Jan or the summer for Juve to include Ronaldo in a swap deal? Seems like a perfect solution.

{Ed002's Note - Any such move would be a retrograde step for Manchester United who should be looking to the next Ronaldo not the last one. Manchester United are stuck in the loop of not addressing the future sadly.}

20.) 08 Dec 2020 20:01:33
Thanks for your reply Ed, although I agree with your statement i very much doubt that united have it in them to find the next ronaldo sadly.

21.) 08 Dec 2020 20:33:49

I live in hope. Although if OGS got the sack would they be able to afford to sack him and the backroom staff. Generally speaking a new manager likes to bring his preferred staff with him.

{Ed047's Note - I don’t think clubs ever seem too concerned about replacing managers and back room staff MH, the amount of times they do it.

Ole is for me clearly not the man but at the same time he isn’t taking you to oblivion so for me the club need to, if they haven’t already, be taking the opportunity to find the right guy whilst Ole’s still in post.

We all know there are quality managers out there and you have a good base of talent in the squad.

Get rid of Pogba, get Saul and Upamecano and you start to really look the part. Maybe even nick Gnabry from Munich and you’d be good to go.

22.) 08 Dec 2020 21:30:49

Those two would be great signings. Not sure Gnabry would leave BM to join Utd.

{Ed047's Note - they would mate and not sure either on Gnabry but think he’s better than Sancho.

23.) 08 Dec 2020 21:48:47

I'm not sanchos biggest fan. His attitude sint great either. Utd need to focus on hard working players who will take them to the next level.

{Ed047's Note - agree totally mate and with Gnabry, Saul and Upamecano you get all that and more.

24.) 09 Dec 2020 08:52:29

Time will tell. UTD remind me of Arsenal under Wingerworth in his final few seasons. Hit and miss, persisting with zonal marking.

{Ed047's Note - it sure will mate but that’s not a great sign!




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03 Feb 2021 16:57:44
I see glass legs is back in the EL squad. Good luck to him.

Mad Hatter

1.) 03 Feb 2021 21:05:54
Probably get injured getting out of bed tomorrow so I doubt we will see him anytime soon.



28 Jan 2021 10:29:10
It's disgusting that both Martial and Tuanzebe were racially abused on social media. It really sickens me.

To have a go at someone because of their colour is disgraceful.

Mad Hatter

1.) 28 Jan 2021 10:35:35
Disgraceful, not true fans as they aren't even human.

2.) 28 Jan 2021 10:50:46
I have been part of many focus groups and studies by kick it out. The one constant with some of the studies is why people refer to a person's colour over ability, build, appearance, ext. Why is it that this is the first thing shouted at a player of colour.

3.) 28 Jan 2021 11:35:49
Simon, that's a tricky one to answer. It's probably a combination of the hierarchy of senses, in humans there is a hierarchy in which we value and use our senses, with sight being at the top. This is why in many cultures appearance is considered important. It's why we often see design choices which pick form over function. It is this reason why we pick out something such as colour as the first difference we notice. So its natural to notice visual differences first. That said noticing a difference and feeling a sense of superiority or inferiority based off of that first initial visual is another thing entirely.

The other factor is probably a little more sinister, and that is our propensity as a species to attempt to insult by saying what we think will hurt the intended target most. So going for the most socially taboo insults are considered to be the most effective and impactful when attempting to insult someone.

Think about your life as a child, if you wanted to upset your sibling you wouldn't say something you knew they wouldn't be upset by, you'd say the thing you knew upset them the most, the thing they were sensitive or insecure about. This behaviour is something for the most part we should have out grown by the time we reach adulthood.

Sadly the world is full of sensitive, emotionally and mentally immature people who cannot handle their own disappointment and lash out at others in an attempt to make them feel better about themselves.

Ideally you'd like to see everyone brought up in a manner which would eradicate this behaviour from our society. Unfortunately that is not viable. So the best next case scenario is to learn to understand why people act as they do, that understanding hopefully means that when people throw insults at you, you're able to grasp that it isn't an indictment of you as a person but of them. When people direct these insults at you it is a confirmation that they think you are better than them.

4.) 29 Jan 2021 16:11:49
Sorry shaps iv only just seen this reply. Very interesting if the Eds allow may I pass on your email address to a colleague as you are just the person she would love speaking to, do you attend games as this is also important.



28 Jan 2021 08:25:55
If we don't sign a RW on loan, do we keep lingard and play him on the right? Or do we give Diallo a chance?

Questions about Oles in game management were once again highlighted. I for one would have played VdB yesterday with Pogba and Bruno.

Cavani leads by example. Rashford, martial and Greenwood are hit and miss. Although Greenwood needs game time.

I'm sure Arsenal will be confident when they play us at the weekend.

Mad Hatter

1.) 28 Jan 2021 08:37:02
I see Martial is getting the most stick and rightly so but what about golden boy Rashford he’s just as culpable, the pair of them have been abysmal this season. Watch all the Rashford lovers come out with the usual pathetic excuses. There are no excuses.

2.) 28 Jan 2021 09:03:26
BR, that’s a bit unfair. Rashford has been pretty good this season and always seems to play well when played on the left. Stick him on the right and he’s bad, but that would be like playing Fred out there too - it’s not his natural position so he’s going to struggle. We saw against Liverpool at the weekend that he needs to be on the left to play well.

Rashford is still in double figures for the season and deserves the plaudits he gets. Martial is frustrating because he is even worse on the right so if he plays he is going to displace the slightly more versatile Rashford.

Also, yes he is the golden boy. I know you mean that as a criticism but he deserves all the praise he is getting. He’s not the brightest but has clearly seen that football is trivial compared to hunger poverty.

It’s easy for perspective to get lost in a football forum, but if the guy never kicked a ball again and focussed all his energy into feeding hungry kids, I’d be entirely happy with that, and actually even more impressed than I already am.

I’ll even go one further and say I’d take a ball never being kicked by anyone ever again if it meant an end to food poverty and hunger.

3.) 28 Jan 2021 09:11:33
Rashford has 15 goals and 10 assists so far this season. He has been overplayed and has been run into the ground. Martial has 5 goals and 7 assists so far.

You can see why some us are happy to give Rashford a bit more leeway. Also Martial's playing style and general body language when he's not playing well is quite irritating for fans. Also Martial is 2 years older than Rashford so can't play the "potential" card with Anto as much. And lastly I think Martial isn't good enough for us to be playing ST.

Although I didn't watch the game last night I think people are overlooking the fact that we conceded 2 goals to the bottom team at home. Maybe we need to try and sure up the defence?

4.) 28 Jan 2021 09:11:45
Rashford isn’t playing well yet is scoring record is 1 in 2 this season. I don’t think you can expect more from a winger.

5.) 28 Jan 2021 09:30:29
Alty Jim we must be watching a different player. Always play well when on the left come on take the rose tinted glasses off. I just don’t think he’ll ever get to that next level, he’s too inconsistent. I just don’t know what he is, is he he a winger or a forward. I want to see wingers attack fullbacks like Coppell and Kanchelskis used to do and a proper centre forward should be getting 20+ a season which I don’t think he could do.

6.) 28 Jan 2021 09:48:47
Deeps does martial have 5 goals?

7.) 28 Jan 2021 10:13:18
Rashford has been poor for a while now but is always excluded from criticism because of his off field activity, which while should be applauded, I think is taking his focus away from his job. Often makes wrong decision, greedy and needs to improve a lot to become the player everyone thinks he could be.

8.) 28 Jan 2021 10:34:57
BR that’s football from another era. Fluidity and versatility is what a modern attacking player looks like.

Rashford is a good example of that and and stand by my statement of him playing well on the left. I can’t understand the criticism directed at him - he’s as good as Mane, Salah, Sterling and Mahrez this season but plays with an inferior squad. That’s without even considering his age.

Also, stop reducing all other points-of-view in a debate to things like ‘rose-tinted’ or ‘pathetic’. That’s not a constructive way to get your opinion across and encourages the sort of name-calling and partisan behaviour that plagues websites like these.

9.) 28 Jan 2021 11:24:05
Our decision makers didn't get a RW, so we are having to accommodate Rashy on the right often.

10.) 28 Jan 2021 12:43:41
But this comes back to the manager.

Firstly he is selecting Rashford when we can all see he needs a rest.

Secondly, we can all see that Sheffield are very compact in the middle so perhaps finding space out wide might be more productive.

So we have a right footer in Rashford on the right wing. Would it not be an idea to tell him to get past the wing back or between the wing back and the centre back then whip in some crosses?

Maybe Rashford prefers it on the left because he can come inside and shoot, but if he's going to be played o the right then at least take advantage of what what that enables him to do and read what is happening in the game.

11.) 28 Jan 2021 12:45:31
I was surprised to see that Martial has 5 goals this season as well. Off the top of my head I can't recall any😂.



17 Jan 2021 15:36:54
I'd be happier if Bailly was playing. Lindelof and Maguire always looked scared when paired together. A lack of pace between the two is always worrying.

Finger crossed we get a win.

Mad Hatter

1.) 17 Jan 2021 15:43:39
Can’t believe he has picked Lindelof, what a kick in the teeth for bailly . he has been pur best defender. those 2nin the middle will struggle with mane and Sarah. shocking.

2.) 17 Jan 2021 15:47:42
A little confused by the selection. No Bailly and 4 in midfield is not what I’d have gone with, but let’s hope there’s some method in the madness. I’m guessing the plan will be to absorb pressure and hit them on the break, but I worry that if/ when they go ahead and then sit back and defend we’ll struggle to cause them too many problems. You have to assume that Klopp will have expected us to set up defensively and planned accordingly. First goal will be crucial tonight, I think.



12 Jan 2021 19:24:01
I predict a VDB substitution in the 87th minute.

Mad Hatter

1.) 12 Jan 2021 19:29:44
If he doesn't show us any thing good when he gets his cameo, we should just get rid.

2.) 12 Jan 2021 20:12:10
Nice team selection.




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22 Jan 2021 10:20:38
They should let him move in the summer and respect his wishes. The club needs to grow up.

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19 Jan 2021 16:22:10
Thanks ED002,

Is Matas contract up at the end of the season?

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Yes.}



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13 Jan 2021 22:22:33
Thanks ED002.

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12 Jan 2021 11:06:31
Thanks ED002.

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12 Jan 2021 11:06:17

Saul would be ideal. It's a shame Pogba wasn't allowed to go in the summer and Saul bought in as a replacement.

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21 Feb 2021 21:53:23
Don't rule out Liverpool just yet, its only 9 points.

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19 Feb 2021 18:28:31

Ive said the same thing about Maguire for ages. He is a liability. He consistently plays the opposition onside. he's the main reason why we concede so many goals.

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19 Feb 2021 08:34:02
I thought Tuanzebe should have started from the beginning. He needs minutes. I hope be don't become embroiled in a EL run that sees us missing out on the top 4.

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17 Feb 2021 15:44:46
He should play a second string team and concentrate on the league.

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15 Feb 2021 10:50:20
Utd Road,

Bailly is the best defender we have. He changed the dynamics of the team when he plays. The problem is OGS loves the axis of lindelof and Maguire.

Mad Hatter