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17 Sep 2020 20:14:00
ED002, if you don't mind answering this question, but who do you think would be the ideal viable RW option for Utd to sign?

Thanks in advance. Although I appreciate that you maybe wiling to answer this question for obvious reasons.

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Brooks, Douglas Costa, Bernardeschi, Sancho.}

1.) 17 Sep 2020 20:23:16
Do you think United would be silly to pay the asking price and fees for Sancho Ed or is he fair value all told? How do you rate him as a player?

{Ed002's Note - He is a decent player but costs are well beyond what is reasonable.}

2.) 17 Sep 2020 20:45:32
Why we chasing a player all window fully knowing we ain't goinf to pay the money.

3.) 17 Sep 2020 20:56:13
Thanks ED002.

4.) 17 Sep 2020 21:42:05
Out of those options I hope we get Brooks if we can't get Sancho.

5.) 18 Sep 2020 03:11:53
I’d definitely be happy with Brooks to be honest - he’s a talent imo.

{Ed0666's Note - really? Please elaborate on why?

6.) 18 Sep 2020 08:48:33
From what I've seen, Brooks isn't a winger and I would choose Sancho, Costa, Bernardeschi over him in that order.

7.) 18 Sep 2020 09:07:48
Seen some rumours today that we may compete with Liverpool for Sarr, probably just means Sarr is heading to Scouseland.

8.) 18 Sep 2020 09:42:11
I’d take none of the above if the Sancho deal can’t be done and coach Daniel James better / promote a youngster/ recall Chong.

9.) 18 Sep 2020 10:07:29
Brooks being injured last season ultimately cost Bournemouth their EPL status. He is by far their best and most creative player. Bournemouth were comfortable mid table with him in the starting 11 and then got relegated by 1 point with him out of the team through injury.

He isn't a "winger" in the traditional sense, he is a player who plays more like a wide No.10, he is creative and comes inside to work with the midfielders and forwards to create chances, he is clever at finding half a yard of space and using that to find teammates to create good chances.

In many ways he adds something different to what we have, we have Greenwood who'll cut inside to score, Dan James who can stay wide and stretch play what we need is someone who can come inside and create.

Sancho obviously offers that as well as goalscoring ability. But then that is what Sancho is £108m and Brooks would be around £40-50m.

Brooks offers us something different to what we have while being better than Lingard, Andreas Pereira and Mata.

If I'm honest if we can't sign Sancho then the best front three we could have going into this season would be Greenwood, Martial and Rashford. For me Greenwood is going to be a top top player, maybe not at the Messi and Ronaldo level but certainly at the Bale, Neymar, Lewandowski, Aguero and Hazard level. He is got 17 goals and 3 assists last season. His debut season in a struggling side. There are only a few players I'd be happy to see starting ahead of him, Sancho being one, Mbappe might be another. But that level of talent. Otherwise I'd want Greenwood starting.

With that in mind if we can't sign Sancho then what we should be looking for is a top level rotational option who adds quality in depth and something different to what we have.

Players like Brooks adds that. Others could be Calvin Stengs, Viktor Tsygankov, Moussa Diaby, Leon Bailey or Bryan Mbeumo.

{Ed001's Note - that was not the reason they got relegated. Not even close. There were far more problems than an injury to him.}

10.) 18 Sep 2020 10:08:45
Eric, James is predominantly a LW and one could see how out of sorts he was throughout the season when played on the other side. Promote a youngster simply stands for proscratinate the need for a RW for yet another season. Chong isn't ready for the PL yet. He is too lightweight and gets shoved off the ball too easy. United needs a Sancho and they need it now.

Sarr won't be a bad shout given that Shappy has scouted him for half the season and has suggested him several times. 😁.

11.) 18 Sep 2020 10:15:22
Coach Daniel James better Eric? Who's going to do that?

12.) 18 Sep 2020 10:59:57
i would take brooks as i think he is class. I would also take perisic or Ismailia sarr as i think they both would add to our front line.

13.) 18 Sep 2020 11:08:24
Shapps you forgot Buendia :)

Sancho's versatility will help us. When Rash needs to be rested, Sancho can play on the left and Greenwood on the right.

Similarly we can rotate Martial with Greenwood. It will give us so much quality options upfront.

Also while chasing a game, bringing someone on like Rash or Sancho or Greenwood from the bench can keep the attack firing without drop in terms of quality.

14.) 18 Sep 2020 11:17:48
Shan, Sarr would be a great option if we are looking for a player similar to Adama Traore but don't want to spend 70-80m on them. Quick, strong, direct, with improving end product. I wouldn't call either of them clever players, they are knock and run wingers who rely on their raw power and pace to blow players away. Then once clear they look for a cross or cut back, both tend to play lower crosses rather than high ones, or they look to cut back to an on rushing player. It's effective, but a little one dimensional. Similar to Dan James but with power as well as pace.

Personally I prefer the tricky clever players who find pockets of space and appear to ghost past people. While looking at that we have in our squad and the types of situations we find difficult to circumvent I think that sort of player suits our needs better. A technical dribbler, who plays with their head and not their physical attributes.

While Sarr would be a decent signing he would only add a more powerful version of Dan James.

15.) 18 Sep 2020 12:15:33
Saint maximin from Newcastle looks a decent player, I wouldn't be disappointed if we signed him.

16.) 18 Sep 2020 12:56:36
Shappy come off it mate what you been smoking?

Say your right and brooks who is average, 23 years old has 39 games playing at the highest level in english football costs 50 million

Why wpuld we not pay the extra 58 million for a plauer who is on a different planet to brooks, someone called brooks class further up 😂😂

Are people on the wind up today? Saint maxima sar and brooks 😂😂.

17.) 18 Sep 2020 14:01:55
bolger, Sancho isn't just £58m more than Brooks, that's just the transfer fee, then there is Sancho's agents fees which are thought to be in the region of 50m. Plus Sancho would be looking for wages in the 280-300k per week.

So the total cost of Sancho on a 5 year deal would be 108m in transfer fee, 50m in agents fees and 72.8m in wages over 5 years at 280k per week. Making Sancho cost a total of around £230m over 5 years.

Whereas Brooks would be a maximum of 50m in fees, around 10m in agents fees, and wages of around 120k per week (31.2m over 5 years) . Making Brooks cost a total of 91m over 5 years.

That means Sancho would cost 139m more not just an extra 58m.

While Sancho is clearly the much better player, my argument is based around only spending a huge fee on a player who is clearly better than Greenwood currently. Sancho fits that bill. But if he isn't available then what we should be looking for is a top quality rotation option with Greenwood.

TrueRedDevil, I'd love Buendia, he'd be a great option in my opinion. But the club don't have an interest in him and there seemed little interest on here in him when I mentioned him.

18.) 18 Sep 2020 15:04:13
sancho is available for 108 million, we haven't even tried bringing the fee down. make an offer, why have we been after the player for months and yet we haven't made an offer.

Dortmund always sell there best players, they are a selling club.

the fee is irrelevant if he plays the way he does for Dortmund and provides the numbers he does currently the money will look like peanuts in 3 or 4 years time.

and agent fees and wages are not the issue, multiple sources have said the issue is the fee.

but if we are going to waste time and then go for the likes of brooks and sar, imo is ridiculous.

greenwood is better than brooks and sar so we should stop wasting time and look at getting a cb and a striker in.

19.) 18 Sep 2020 15:11:09
Shappy, not only a powerful version of Dan James but also a version that plays RW. Would give an option of the bench when Greenwood isn't working out. Valencia used to be the same when he first came to us and he was massive before he was cursed with the #7.

As things stand we are starting the new season exactly where we finished last. Who does Ole turn to when your front line isn't working or your left full back has his annual injury or AWB is unable to cross. He still wouldn't have who he might "trust".

20.) 18 Sep 2020 15:20:52
also to add how much you think the club will earn from shirt sales alone having Sancho number 7

if we sold the players that were no longer needed instead of blocking and pricing players out of moves put that to the fact we have saved around 50 million on wages with Sanchez now gone.

its really frustrating every window is the same.

21.) 18 Sep 2020 17:05:57
bolger, I believe the club has been in discussions, but buying players is a little more nuanced than picking up a can of beans from Tesco. The Eds have said the total cost of signing Sancho is huge and has caused other clubs to walk away from any deal.

The idea that he will continue the same numbers he is achieving in the Bundesliga is slightly foolish. Very few if any offensive players move from Germany to the EPL and maintain the same volume of goals/ assists as they managed in Germany. Some of the defending in the Bundesliga is awful which inflates offensive players numbers. Maybe Sancho would after a couple of years be able to get his number back up to his current level but I highly doubt it would be instant.

While shirt sales are irrelevant as the money goes to Adidas unless sold via the club shop. We get nada from shirt sales as Adidas has bought the rights.

I think a lot of your frustration comes from reading too much into what the media is saying on a daily basis. My advice is either stop reading it or read it but don't believe a single word of it. Most is just made up to sell papers and get clicks. No amount of reading these articles will hurry along any transfers. They will happen when they happen or they won't happen.

Shan, Sarr wouldn't be a bad signing and he would offer us another option. I wouldn't be against signing him. It's just a personal thing, I'd prefer a more technical player who offers us something different to what we have. I 100% agree that we need to sign someone, we can't go into the season with Lingard and Pereira being the options from the bench.

While I think Greenwood is good enough to play first choice and play most weeks, he is a young player and he will have dips in form. Therefore its vital to have a player who can come in for him and allow him a rest both physically and mentally. We saw Sir Alex do it a few times with DDG in his first couple of seasons with Lindegaard coming in for him for a few games here and there.

22.) 18 Sep 2020 17:32:54
Regarding coaching - my guess would be one if the handsomely paid professional coaches at the club?

Chong won’t get physicality unless he plays in our league.

23.) 18 Sep 2020 17:48:50
But they new what the numbers were going into the window so what did they exoect to happen.

Amatures yet again.

24.) 19 Sep 2020 15:36:03
I mentioned going for Brookes before, I’m from Sheffield and have seen a few times, but got shot down for mentioning ramdom names.

25.) 19 Sep 2020 15:37:42
Sorry pressed send, Brookes is quality and would be a great signing.

26.) 19 Sep 2020 15:48:55
Bolger, have you watched brooks quality and the right age and will get better, we have signed 2 player of the year from Germany and neither reproduced the form even though i loved Kagawa, and, WOODY this is for you, as said before, half the price.



31 Aug 2020 09:55:09
ED002, do the club have any plans for Tuanzebe this season? Perhaps a loan for him? .

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of anything.}

1.) 31 Aug 2020 10:46:26



02 Aug 2020 08:26:06
Ed002 which clubs if any, are interested in Jesse Lingard?

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approaches at this time.}

1.) 02 Aug 2020 09:50:04

2.) 02 Aug 2020 10:14:20
I have a feeling Jesse will stay another year.

3.) 02 Aug 2020 10:53:09
I don't think he will be forced out.
He is entitled to stay and give it another year.
I think he will get a couple of offers he could well do a decent job somewhere and start enjoying himself again. He looked far from his bubbly self for the past 12 months so perhaps a move may reinvigorate him.

4.) 03 Aug 2020 15:50:04
Thinks it is the personal issues which have weighed him down over the last 12 months. He is entering the last year of his contract, so should get a good last contract from another team to finish off his playing career, good luck to him.



04 Jul 2020 10:03:40

Are Utd interested in matty longstaff?


Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - As far as I know the interest went with Matic signing a new contract and his current behaviour will not impress other clubs.}

1.) 04 Jul 2020 11:44:03
Thanks ED002.



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.




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02 Dec 2020 22:29:41
Solskjaer looked upset after the game. His eyes were abit teary. Does he know his time is up?

Mad Hatter

{Ed047's Note - it was wind mate

1.) 02 Dec 2020 22:41:46

The wind blew Fred's head imto parades 😂😂😂.

I don't know how he didn't get sent off or why OGS didn't sub him.

2.) 02 Dec 2020 23:32:13
Ole at the wheel baby.

3.) 03 Dec 2020 01:02:09

4.) 03 Dec 2020 02:00:29
Awful decision from Ole tonight, every one of us would have taken Fred off at half time. Having said that, on another day we put them 2 big chances away and win the game comfortably. Games like that can change on big decisions and tonight it turned out Ole made the wrong one. The performance was good and we lose and Ole makes a rod for his own back with that decision. So frustrating.



24 Nov 2020 22:39:00
Cavani looks like the Great Khalis little brother.

Mad Hatter



07 Nov 2020 12:10:55
The way everyone is acting, it's as though Ole is walking the green mile.

Mad Hatter

1.) 07 Nov 2020 12:24:09
Ole is Mr. Jingles.

2.) 07 Nov 2020 14:30:16
Good win today. But sure everyone will be downplaying Everton. The old ghost team that we weren't playing would have made minced meat of us.

This is a good squad and a good team. We have shown we can do it. We have also shown we can not show up and look horrible.

Finding that focus and consistency will make or break this season.

Though the CBs were good today.

3.) 07 Nov 2020 15:00:20
More like the bloke who owned mr jingles.

4.) 07 Nov 2020 15:07:42
Thought maguire had a very good game today DB.

5.) 07 Nov 2020 15:10:14
Ken do you mean Eduard Delacroix who originally owned Mr Jingles or Paul Edgecombe who owned him later in the film?

6.) 07 Nov 2020 15:10:46
Maguire was really good today Ken. He should put in such performances regularly as the club captain.



07 Nov 2020 11:44:29
At what point does the club realise that there hasn't been enough progress on the pitch and there is a serious risk of not qualifying for European football.

I might sound abit melodramatic here, but given a lack of fight amongst the squad, we could quite easily be out of contention for both CL and EL come January.

The saving grace this season maybe the effect of C.V. on other teams, causing them the field weaker teams and Utd capitalising on this. This could quite easily happen to Utd aswell.

If Ole goes, we need a strong manager in with positive ideas who can organise and set up a team to be successful. The players at the club, certain players put in lacklustre performances week in, week out.

Maguire and Pogba have been very poor. At £80 million a piece, it makes it more difficult to drop those two players, not just to the subs bench either.

A can't quite remember who said this, whether it was a poster or an ED on here, but Utd are consistent and being inconsistent. That perfectly somes up Utd.

Mad Hatter

{Ed025's Note - unfortunately it does mad hatter mate..



20 Oct 2020 21:57:26
A much better performance and a deserved win. Although I will become unpopular with my next comment, but OGS left it very late to bring in VDB. He should have been on earlier and before Pogba.

Tuanzebe played very well. i'd be very tempted to play the same against Chelsea on Saturday, perhaps with VDB instead of McTominay/ Fred.

Mad Hatter

1.) 20 Oct 2020 21:59:58
You're clutching at straws mate. Ole got it bang on the money tonight.

2.) 20 Oct 2020 22:01:56
Not sure we can complain too much about how Ole played that, what he did was realise we could win and were the better team and put pogba on further forward and switched the formation, PSG have just lost their first home group game since 2004, there can be nothing to complain about imo.

3.) 20 Oct 2020 22:03:33
Pig a came on at the right time for me. I thought he did OK by drawing players towards him and moving the ball on. I’m clearly not Pogba’s biggest fan but I think he did his job perfectly tonight.

4.) 20 Oct 2020 22:13:20
I get what you’re saying about Van de beek but I don’t think we should have changed it as we were well on top. I thought the manager was spot on tonight.

5.) 20 Oct 2020 22:16:40
🤦🏻 We bossed most of the game, won away at the favourites, most of the team played well, Pogba was very good when he came on, but you find something to moan about. 🤷🏻.

6.) 20 Oct 2020 22:18:45

No ifs, no buts. OGS got his tactics and team absolutely spot on tonight so give him credit here it’s due. Well deserved win.

7.) 20 Oct 2020 22:20:12
Didn’t he win? So the tactics paid off?

I don’t think Ole is the finest tactician, but he nailed it tonight. I think Pogba without a set defensive role is a decent option to bring on to unsettle the opposition and it worked. I suspect VdB just isn’t quite up to speed yet or hasn’t earned Ole’s trust. Can’t wait to see him unleashed though!




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01 Dec 2020 15:46:07
I'd keep Cavani as he is useful. The others can go as it will free up spaces in the squad aswell as wages. After all, C.V. effects will last some time. We need a new shirt sponsorship soon, it will more than likely be less than what we got last time.

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14 Oct 2020 16:18:30
He should stay well away. Having him around d the squad etc would be liked having a hangover. It ha Peter Liverpool in the past.

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12 Oct 2020 09:14:16

Yea I am. At the end of the day those youngsters will be out future, well hopefully. Sarr is if a similar age to those youngsters.

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10 Oct 2020 13:55:36
Where would they play or even play? We have signed two wingers. With Cavani, martial and Rashford can play on the wings aswell.

ED002, I take Ighalo will leave and go back to China in January?

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any other option at this tiem - he could be offered to MU at a vey low price.}



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06 Oct 2020 09:08:14
ED047, no pressure on ED001 there then lol.

Mad Hatter

{Ed047's Note - 🤣 he works best under pressure mate! That’s if we can get him to do any. 🤦‍♂️🤣




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04 Dec 2020 22:12:44
At Scunny they have a standing stand. It's loads better.

Mad Hatter

{Ed007's Note - I'm old school and remember when sitting at football was for the rich and celebrity fans and the safe standing at Celtic Park made a Hell of a difference to the overall atmosphere.}



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03 Dec 2020 09:22:02
Its worth noting that Fernandes missed a great chance aswell last night. I thought he was hit n miss last night.

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02 Dec 2020 22:41:46

The wind blew Fred's head imto parades 😂😂😂.

I don't know how he didn't get sent off or why OGS didn't sub him.

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01 Dec 2020 18:08:53

Grealish is a disgrace. His diving theatrics last night were disgraceful.

Philips is a player I have watched off a couple of years. He woukd be a great midfield signing.

Mad Hatter

{Ed025's Note - i hate all the diving lark MH and as you say hes world champion at it, its a shame as well because he has talent but hes a loose cannon, phillips is dynamic but you already have bruno and DVB so i dont know where he would fit in mate..



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30 Nov 2020 14:40:21
Haaland. We have signed Pellistri and maybe Duallonfor the RW. Plus Sancho has an attitude problem.

Mad Hatter