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18 May 2020 11:25:27

I have read that Luis Ocampos gas asked to leave Lille? Is there any truth in this, if so do you know which clubs would be u interested in appointing him as a DOF or sporting director etc.

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Spurs.}

1.) 18 May 2020 11:33:31
He would be a great fit at Spurs, he has the connections and an eye for talent. He has always been able to bring in top class young talent for relative peanuts who then turn into top class players.

Would suit Spurs down to the ground.

2.) 18 May 2020 11:51:27
Thanks ED002.

3.) 18 May 2020 13:55:08
Except Jose won’t play any of them.



11 Mar 2020 12:19:17

Jude Bellingham reports in the media that the fee will be £35-£50 million. An initial fee with add ons.
The kid is 16 nearly 17, can they get a large amount of money for him at such a young given that he hasn't signed a professional deal yet.


Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Birmingham will sell him in the summer but there is no financial restriction imposed because of his age. It is very much a matter of what interested sides value him at.}

1.) 11 Mar 2020 13:44:59
Thanks ED002.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

2.) 12 Mar 2020 08:07:11
Don't worry, it's an already agreed fee of 12.5m according to a well placed source on here😂.

3.) 12 Mar 2020 08:27:30
You're right it has. Same with gabriel going to Everton.

Is it not a rumour site? Cheers Shappy 👍👍.

4.) 12 Mar 2020 14:48:47
I have not seen him play how do people rate him? what kind of player is he?

5.) 12 Mar 2020 22:29:29
Take this with a grain of salt as I haven't seen as much of him as I would like. Unlike many players nowadays, he is pretty good with both feet. On the ball it looks like he has good vision - picks passes well. Happy to take players on, good dribbler (did I mention that he uses both feet) and uses his body well to shield the ball. Is fast and strong. Defensively i'm not so sure, Takes up good positions but seems to rely heavily on his pace and long legs. Not so sure about his striking of the ball - tends to scuff it too much for my liking (which means his long passes don't have as much pace as they should) . However everything I've seen suggest that he is a real player and if he continues to work hard on his game then whoever gets him is getting a bargain.



23 Jan 2020 12:33:54
ED002, have United tried to negotiate a deal to sign vaccine on loan from Inter?


Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Matias Vecino (CM) is available - ideally to be sold but could potentially he can be used in a trade. Has been offered around to numerous sides but no offers have been made - tentative response from Napoli that they could be interested seems like the best option they have. Manchester United and Everton made informal approaches about loans and were turned away. Spurs rejected the opportunity to take him as a makeweight in a deal for Eriksen.}

1.) 23 Jan 2020 16:51:00
Fernandes deal OFF I find this unbelievable I really do did they not see how bad we are in the final third last night and all season for that matter.
I'm done with this board the fans need to carry on from last night its time boycott the club we need get the owners out before it gets worse i can seriously see us going under with everything this board is doing we are roughly half a billion in debt but yet were richest club in world don't know how that works out at all
We have a stadium that's falling to bits and a board that don't care about football this seriously perilous timees.

2.) 23 Jan 2020 16:54:00
Maybe with 'vaccine' well rid ourselves of the virus. 😂.

3.) 23 Jan 2020 17:06:55
Red whiskey,

Auto correct there lol. Maybe a vaccine against playing poor would be good.

4.) 23 Jan 2020 17:13:27
There's only one way to go and that's to stop lining their pockets boycott games, stop buying merchandise they will soon get the message and at the very least we will get rid of Woodward that's FACT because someone will need to be the fall guy and it certainly won't be any of the American chuckle brothers.

5.) 23 Jan 2020 18:11:05
he might inject a bit of pace.



18 Jan 2020 15:47:07
Are United again being amateurish with the Bruno Fernandes deal?

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - It depends whether they really want to sign him or look again at otehr AM options. If you end up negotiating from too far apart you are wasting your time. Or if you are looking to leverage the position where it is thought that the other club need the money and you low-ball the offer one can expect no more than a shrug.}

1.) 18 Jan 2020 16:05:53
Are United still using their transfer policy from the 90s because they think that the so called smaller clubs need the money, whilst forgetting that TV money has changed the transfer game.

2.) 18 Jan 2020 16:16:44
There's your answer. Joke.

3.) 18 Jan 2020 16:29:59
Thanks ED002. Sounds like both parties need to be more realistic.

{Ed002's Note - Why do Sporting need to change anything?}

4.) 18 Jan 2020 17:10:50
His value by Sporting is his value simple as that, don't like the value then leave it. Yeah haggle by up to a few million here and there, but your never going to be haggling over 10-20million no chance.

5.) 18 Jan 2020 17:24:35
Time wasting exercise. Then there's no more time to conclude other deals. Clever by the idiots in charge at our club.

6.) 18 Jan 2020 17:28:55
Absolute shambles, pay the fee or walk away! The club was willing to pay £50 mill for Fred! Something seriously wrong with the club transfer policy!

Salt to the wounds. Haaland just scored 4 goals on his debut.

7.) 18 Jan 2020 18:41:23
I'd forgot he has only signed a new contract. The ball is firmly in Sportings court.

I wonder if we will hear, there's no value in the transfer window this year.

{Ed002's Note - why is it in their court.}

8.) 18 Jan 2020 18:52:54
Shappy will be busy now writing his essay telling us the club are right to not be held to ransom and we can’t moan every time we don’t sign a player.
However the paper thin squad will be even weaker and I will have to continue to watch the utter crap the Lingard and Pereira produce.
We won’t splash the cash for Fernandes so who thinks we will pay more for Maddison or Grealish in the summer?
Mediocrity at its best.

9.) 18 Jan 2020 19:00:13
Think he means that sporting are firmly in charge and hold all the cards. He's right. Ed002 as alway you are 100% correct, we are amateurish in so many ways and I'm sure it's pitting off others from doing future business with us.

{Ed002's Note - Perhaps the terminology was the issue.}

10.) 18 Jan 2020 19:35:32
As Ed002 has said previously, United fans have caused an issue in the past which have forced the club to change plans (Van Gaal) .

I'd imagine if we fail to land Fernandes, there would be a pretty big backlash from fans over the potential lack of additions which we clearly need.

He is the kind of player we really need and it shows how atrocious the scouting and judging of talent is at United that we were seem to value Fernandes lower than Fred.

11.) 18 Jan 2020 20:03:37
Ed002. I've been working 12hr nights.
My terminology was wrong. Do you see a deal still being done?

{Ed002's Note - It is dependent up Manchester United making an acceptable offer - if they do not wish to do that it will be difficult. If they put a sensible offer on the table something can be done. So the ball is in Manchester United’s court.}

12.) 19 Jan 2020 00:20:53
Seems to be some spin being leaked that we are only willing to offer what they feel spurs had accepted last year, plus a slight increase off back of good season.

With the income utd have, they are always going to get charged top dollar for any player they buy. It is part of the trickle down of money.

But in this circumstance, Sporting signed a new contract with the player. Which impacts his value. I think it is a pretty low risk transfer for a player that has the skills we need. Compared to some transfer values it is not outrageous to pay straight up $50m with $20m in reasonable add ons (international appearances, ucl qualification etc)

I hope they get it done. If no-one comes in at all it could have a negative impact across the club and supporters. This one signing could easily galvanise a top 4 push.

13.) 19 Jan 2020 08:48:51
I can see us offering an extra 2 million at half time v Liverpool when we are 3-0 down.

14.) 19 Jan 2020 12:39:08
Don’t blame Utd for backing off if it’s true that a fee was agreed then upped a few days later.
Fans moan if we get had over transfers then moan if we don’t pay top dollar, can’t win.

15.) 19 Jan 2020 13:59:05
Ed002 - Do you agree the Bruno clearly wants to leave? My understanding from my journalist friends is that he is. If so, I remember your point of view that if a player wants to leave (Pogba) then the club should be realistic in their expectations of the selling price. Surely, sporting can demand what they like and United fo that too for Pogba. Hopefully sense prevails but that is not a given whatsoever.

{Ed002's Note - why do you think Sporting are being unrealistic? They are dealing with amateurs.}

16.) 19 Jan 2020 14:15:37
The deal will get done - Man utd trying to save a few million - Sporting want to extract a few million more - but at end of day if reports are to believed the boy wants to come - patience.

17.) 19 Jan 2020 14:44:05
I own something, you want it, you pay my price however ridiculous it may seem to you and anyone else. It's up to you. Walk away if you don't like it. No skin of my nose.

18.) 19 Jan 2020 15:45:04
Ed002 - actually don’t know whether Sporting are unrealistic but it looks like there are not too many other clubs in it for them to really benefit. They are well within their rights not to sell for anything less than they value him but so are United with Pogba.

{Ed002's Note - Sure - let Pogba see his contract out. He has bveen great this year.}

19.) 19 Jan 2020 19:54:39
How does a club decide on what to bid for a player, is there a formula that takes into account age, current contract, desperation, marketing value etc?

{Ed002's Note - There is no formula or algorithm.}

20.) 20 Jan 2020 11:17:34
I read that united didn't want to play top dollar for Bruno because this would effect us going for Maddison and putting his price up too.

are united at risk of going foul on FFP? and is this impacting recent transfers?

{Ed002's Note - I would not expect Fernandes and Maddison and it is nothing to do with FFP.}

21.) 20 Jan 2020 11:32:31

united conduct a number generator on google when deciding what to offer.

22.) 20 Jan 2020 12:45:11
thanks ed.



09 Jan 2020 10:28:59
Apparently Utd have offered Young a new deal.

If this is true, it's just ridiculous.

Mad Hatter

1.) 09 Jan 2020 10:35:47
He might not be first choice, but Shaw and Dalot's injury history it wouldn't be a terrible idea. Plus with Matic, Mata, Jones and Rojo likely to move on having an experienced head in the dressing room wouldn't be a bad idea either. Especially someone who remembers what its like to be part of a winning Manchester United squad.

2.) 09 Jan 2020 10:39:40
Wouldn't shock me. I said last year when he got his extension that they would offer him another one. Yet more clueless decision making if true.

3.) 09 Jan 2020 10:40:11
Jesus. I hope not. this club just gets crazier and crazier. The sooner Ole and Woodward go the better.

4.) 09 Jan 2020 10:49:47
Update to that. According to Simon Stone he has accepted inters offer so hopefully that's true. Shows what a state we are begging the likes of young to stay and no doubt offering him a big salary to boot.

5.) 09 Jan 2020 11:38:44
Just as i thought things couldn't get any worse!
So our first / main priority in the January transfer window is to try and secure the services of a 34 year old mediocre player when we are absolutely desperate for reinforcements.
The club is an absolute embarrassment.

6.) 09 Jan 2020 11:47:56
Best for both parties. But crazy how it was done on Young's terms, not United's. Shows just how far the club has fallen that an average ageing player like Young does not want to play for the club anymore.

Already an unattractive proposition, Ole doesn't have pull that top managers have in attracting top talent. What a sad and sorry state of affairs Man Utd has become.

Genuinely heartbreaking. I cannot say I am angry anymore, just sad at what has happened to this great club.

7.) 09 Jan 2020 13:06:10
Borthwick jackson recalled, young on his way.

8.) 09 Jan 2020 13:07:05
He's signed pre contract for Inter. Possibly going this month if adeal reached. Borthwick-Jackson has been recalled from loan so he might be off very soon.

9.) 09 Jan 2020 12:33:31
Echo that Park but there's more to life then United.

10.) 09 Jan 2020 12:38:56
I like Young and think he has always acted professionally whilst wearing the shirt but this is the one position we could lose a player in as we have adequate cover.
The clueless idiots have let far more important players leave without replacing!

11.) 09 Jan 2020 12:44:50
He may not be the best player or a starter anymore but Ashley Young is a model professional and deserves a bit more respect than some of you are showing him. Maybe it is some of the abuse fans give to players, that we are no longer an attractive club for players. For instance you could play for Leicester, on the up, fans get behind them and not a lot of media attention and scapegoating from the fans. Or come to us where you have a couple of bad games and all the good things you've done are forgotten. Jesse is another one that's getting it a lot too. He has been with the club since 7 years of age, yeah too he's not the best player at the club but he's not the worst. We pride ourselves on our academy and if these club made players and players that have been here for a while are getting ripped to shreds then would you want to join us? Ed02 has pointed to the toxic fans many times, and the way the club reacts to these 'fans' opinions.

12.) 09 Jan 2020 13:02:29
We should be glad he's wanting to leave he's 34. past it. isn't anywhere near 2nd or 3rd choice

We have plenty of full backs

Another player on high wages off the books

We need to be looking for the future not lingering on the past.

13.) 09 Jan 2020 13:42:49
Even Young has tuned us down now.

14.) 09 Jan 2020 13:58:11
My initial reading of Shappy's comment was that "Matic, Mata, Jones and Rojo likely to move on having experienced head in the dressing room"
On re-reading I've noticed and "an" in his sentence so everything now makes more sense.

On Young, I'm assuming the extension offer was simply to appease the fans before a sale goes through. Time to move on. We should focus on new arrivals.

15.) 09 Jan 2020 14:05:15
Brothwick-jackson is recalled from his loan spell to cover squad role for young i guess, so apparantly i believer new Deal for Young is not a true news.

16.) 09 Jan 2020 14:48:31
Very true Singh!

17.) 09 Jan 2020 15:11:00
Rock bottom anyone? Or can we sink much further? Surely massive changes from top to bottom are on the horizon?

18.) 09 Jan 2020 15:43:38
A sinking ship springs to mind.

19.) 09 Jan 2020 19:37:54
Right now we are the titanic.

20.) 09 Jan 2020 20:40:16
Far too much doom and gloom going about - ole is getting rid of the deadwood - he has made 3 good signings - 2 more decent signings will transform this team - neves/ mcginn - van de beek/ grealish - the good times are coming.

21.) 09 Jan 2020 21:22:31
Oh my God Jgb, I thought I was the only one! Thank you for snapping me out of the groundhog day malaise that has fallen on the site.

22.) 09 Jan 2020 21:49:04
2? You’re deluded dude.

23.) 09 Jan 2020 22:39:39
If the plan is to develop youth and bring in quality then why would we worry about selling a winger covering the full back position? Young has been a good player for United but nothing more. Roll the dice.

24.) 09 Jan 2020 22:54:44
Not deluded at all - i have seen them outplay and beat this season Man City, Leicester, Spurs and Chelsea and more than match Liverpool. Its a young team and its frustratingly inconsistent but its coming and it will get there with a few tweaks.

25.) 10 Jan 2020 01:05:34
Tweaks. new manager, 7-8 new players, new backroom staff, new board, new director of football, etc etc.




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01 Jul 2020 13:20:14
Maybe when the new season kicks off we could make Bruno our new number 7. He seems the right player to wear it.

Mad Hatter

1.) 01 Jul 2020 13:58:20
that top is a curse since ronaldo left.

although he has got the balls to fill it.

2.) 01 Jul 2020 17:57:12
Any number is all about the people who wore it before them Scholes and bruno giving the number 18 it's own legacy.

3.) 01 Jul 2020 18:45:51
I think that Fernandes has the balls with his play to have the number 46 shirt.

4.) 01 Jul 2020 18:56:57
Would you make him captain?

5.) 01 Jul 2020 19:21:36

Fro what I've seen so far, he actually looks the best bet for it. Leads by example. Is very vocal.



28 Jun 2020 12:56:45
Yesterday's game highlighted a real issue. Players like Lingard who don't track back and get i to position for a pass to be played i to them.

There were a fair few times shaw was caught and had to pass it back to maguire who had to pass to bailly because there was no one to pass it to, which out us under a lot of pressure.

Normally when Rashford plays, he provides an outlet for Shaw, well at times. It's as though our defence plays too deep and the offensive to high. Lots of space appears and we can get overrun when defending. Its almost self inflicted. DdG has at times, been a victim of this among a few other players aswell.

At least we are through to the semi final. If we get through and into the final and win the cup, no one will remember the Norwich game.

Mad Hatter



05 Mar 2020 22:18:38
Pogba is the modern day equivalent of the Veron transfer. Failed to live up to the hype.

Mad Hatter

1.) 05 Mar 2020 23:37:43
Just Pogba? We have had a lot of them.

Memphis, Di Maria, Schneiderlin, Sanchez to name a few.

2.) 05 Mar 2020 23:51:50
veron did not know the league. god knows what the premadonnas excuse is.



01 Feb 2020 12:15:29
Ighalo will be like marmite on here.

We needed a forward, he can play in the Europa league and has EPL experience. If he scores 10 plus goals in the EPL then he will have been a good signing. Certainly he will bully defenders better than Martial does.

Ultimately we need a forward. Cavani would have been very expensive and had been injured, it could well be the start of his decline aswell.

A 6 month loan deal. It's all it is. Just a stop gap. Far better than going all out and over paying for a player that the club don't necessarily want.

Mad Hatter

1.) 01 Feb 2020 13:08:26
There is a good chance he will be 1st choice cf before long.

2.) 01 Feb 2020 13:10:37
The decision to sell Lukaku was made before the end of last season.

The club sold Lukaku on the last day of our summer window.

They waited until the last day of the January window to bring in a short term, below standard, replacement who wasn’t considered an option until a few days ago.

It’s hard to buy strikers in January, but this is a club devoid of any coherent transfer strategy. I’m just thankful that we didn’t blow £30m on Josh King.

3.) 01 Feb 2020 14:32:07
This is why ED002 calls Utd "amateurs"

4.) 01 Feb 2020 16:14:34
He hasn't got much competition ken.

{Ed047's Note - without being funny, who in your side does have genuine competition for a place?

5.) 01 Feb 2020 16:21:52
Williams has competition from Shaw.

{Ed047's Note - honestly Danny?

6.) 01 Feb 2020 16:28:49
How are tottenham and chelsea feeling about their january windows? Both coaches felt they needed another striker option, possibly a loan like us.

Would you rather have him or no one?

He could surprise a few on here, he is a tricky player who might just have that key we need to unlock a few stubborn defenses.

7.) 01 Feb 2020 16:28:35
Williams is streets ahead of shaw!

{Ed047's Note - I really like the look of Williams, looks like he could be quality.

8.) 01 Feb 2020 16:35:19
He has stiff competition from Shaw, they sit next to each other at lunch and if he doesn’t get right into things he goes hungry.

9.) 01 Feb 2020 16:38:48
Honestly ed047, de gea has great competition but Romero will never get a look in. Williams and Shaw but Williams looks streets ahead already.

Aside from those 2 positions we really don't have great depth.

{Ed047's Note - it was until you made that comment that I thought about it and was trying to think of who was giving anyone competition for their place and De Gea and Romero was it for me too.

It’s crazy to think that of United.

10.) 01 Feb 2020 19:28:20
Greenwood must be pushing Martial now for a start?

{Ed047's Note - how is Martial even getting a start

11.) 01 Feb 2020 18:30:03
William's is destroying Shaw. You could blindfold Williams and he would still play better than Shaw.
It's quite insulting to Williams to suggest Shaw is actually challenging him.

Romero has always been a stalwart. Certainly as a number 2 he is world class. Even if he became number one he is a top player. Under another manager he may even have Ben number one this season, after DDg performances last season.



22 Jan 2020 15:29:35
A question for the Ed's, did United know about his injury prior to the Wolves game?

If, si why did they risk him?

Mad Hatter

{Ed001's Note - yes, because they thought it was worth the risk.}

1.) 22 Jan 2020 16:55:30
As Ole said, they were unlucky he got the knock and it injured him again, he has been playing through injuries for a while and I assume the club felt the winter break would be a nice little time for him to recover.

2.) 22 Jan 2020 17:09:39
Absolute disgrace from the coaching staff physios and medical staff this is a young man's life their dealing with never mind his playing career .
I've had a stress fracture of my back and had to wear a brace for 13 weeks so I don't know how rashford managed to play week in week out he must have been taking really strong jabs. I know he would never have let the club down by insisting to play every week but this should have been took out his hands for the good of the boy and the club .

3.) 22 Jan 2020 17:13:14
GDS, it’s more a case that our best performing outfield player was asked to play through an injury because we sold a senior striker in the summer and didn’t replace them.

When the squad lacks depth and quality, players get pushed to the point of breaking.

4.) 22 Jan 2020 17:28:29
What u mean injured him again he was already injured. He blatantly said he was complaining about his back and leg but we needed a goal.

I'm sorry but he's really turned me off him in the last couple of days. Players should be looked after he is a young boy 22 years old.

Terrible managing I have to be honest. Gary Neville was right when he said the club is rancid it because it is all the way through.

5.) 22 Jan 2020 18:16:37
Tony Adam's played through a back injury most of his career didn't do him any bad

Give the lad some injections and he's ready to go.

6.) 22 Jan 2020 18:25:26
His comments also of being proud to get injured for the club. He will be here for a long time though as manager if he carries on with his arse licking of Ed and the Glazers.

7.) 22 Jan 2020 19:19:11
I don't think he said he was proud to get injured for the club, Damon. "I have suffered some injuries for the club", is the quote I saw. If I'm wrong, I apologise.

8.) 22 Jan 2020 19:53:11
Yeah in the same interview the full comment was. I have suffered some injuries for the club. That is what we are proud to do as a man united player because when you are on the pitch that is the one game you try and make sure you win. What is he waffling on about mate? Its embarrassing now these interviews he's making himself look stupid.




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24 Jun 2020 10:14:11

I agree with your post. The club appear to be more concerned about the business side rather than the football side of the club.

If a player wants to go, which Pogba clearly does, then keeping a player who wants to go doesn't do the team any good.

It would be different if they said to him, look we can't get a replacement this transfer window etc, but next summer you can go.

Mad Hatter



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19 Jun 2020 18:40:56

ED002 said that he is a LW and not a RW. So he is not an option.

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18 Jun 2020 11:20:38
I'm sure ED002 said Liverpool would need to sell Firmino, as Werner wouldn't want to go and sit on the bench.

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16 Jun 2020 19:48:06
ED002, you did say they are amateurs.

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15 Jun 2020 17:27:41
Both are far too young yet. They need a loan or two away to develop. We do need to add quality signings like Bruno to the side this summer.

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01 Jul 2020 19:21:36

Fro what I've seen so far, he actually looks the best bet for it. Leads by example. Is very vocal.

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30 Jun 2020 22:36:29

Would you give Fernando's the number 7 shirt next season?

Mad Hatter

{Ed004's Note - I would prefer my wingers or wide players to have no.7. And there's a particular signing I want that number reserved for}



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28 Jun 2020 14:51:45

Selling Rojo, Jones and lingard plus other deadwood players, would probably get us one quality player in return.

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28 Jun 2020 13:03:30

The club failed him aswell. He had to play box to box midfielder, the number 10 and a 9 and sometimes a winger. Had the right signings be made he would have broken Charltons record long before he did. He really should have scored more goals for England aswell.

As you pointed out, part of the blame lays with him. You wonder if had taken up yoga like Giggs did etc, had eaten better and not drank, just how good he could have been.

Fjngers crossed Rashford can eclipse him in the right way aswell.

Mad Hatter

{Ed001's Note - Rashford certainly seems the most likely to live life the right way and have the attitude, as well as the ability, to really become something special.}



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28 Jun 2020 06:34:18
Bailly needs a run of games at CB. We clearly need a CB with pace when Maguire is at the back.

Mad Hatter