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08 Jan 2022 11:51:32

I've seen on the Eurpoena pages that Utds preferred CM target is Haidara.

Do you think the club will try and sign him during the current transfer window or are they waiting to do business in the summer?

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - It is very difficult to answer questions about timing, but possibly. Much will depend on departures over the coming months and there will be an added complication of a new manager/coach arriving in the summer - and he or she may well have their own views.}

1.) 08 Jan 2022 14:56:45
Thanks ED002.

2.) 08 Jan 2022 16:50:39
He or she!

3.) 08 Jan 2022 23:58:25
If you were a betting man/ woman Ed2, who would you say will be appointed as next manager?

{Ed002's Note - There is no final agreement with anyone at this time but the preferred target will likely be unchanged.}

4.) 09 Jan 2022 08:39:00
Cool thanks Ed.

5.) 09 Jan 2022 10:48:18
Ed002, hope you are doing great.

If I may ask you. Hypothetically let's assume you're given Manchester United today and it's all yours.

With the knowledge you have of the system and all, can you kindly just give a brief look at what you'd do to get the club back to glory days? That includes your managerial choice.


{Ed002's Note - I am afraid I cannot answer that question Yaz. The problems are significant and relate to the structure and the individuals involved, and the way the business is rum.}

6.) 09 Jan 2022 10:48:18
Ed002, hope you are doing great.

If I may ask you. Hypothetically let's assume you're given Manchester United today and it's all yours.

With the knowledge you have of the system and all, can you kindly just give a brief look at what you'd do to get the club back to glory days? That includes your managerial choice.


{Ed002's Note - I am afraid I cannot answer that Yaz. The problems remain as I have explained, the structure, the individuals and the way the business is run. It will make it difficult to attract players when folks know so many are unhappy with their lot at the club.}

7.) 09 Jan 2022 13:47:11
For me this is the reason i wouldn't rush to appoint a "top" manager i'd let ralf rangnick get proper coaching staff in place give him a year or 2 to get things in place and organise the club its what he's very good at. I feel like appointing a manager at this point they will most probably have the same issues as the last 4 have had.

{Ed002's Note - That is not the plan.}

8.) 09 Jan 2022 13:55:06
Thanks Ed002, I appreciate.

I just hope we find our way out of this mess.

9.) 09 Jan 2022 14:26:13
I assume the primary target is Pochettino, who has won even less than OGS.

10.) 09 Jan 2022 18:04:15
Ed can you see this changing when Ed Woodward leaves his position?

{Ed002's Note - I think it is a bigger deal than that.}

11.) 09 Jan 2022 19:25:33
Ed in your humble opinion, do you think it will need a change in ownership for it to change?

{Ed002's Note - No.}

12.) 09 Jan 2022 14:15:32
Hopefully rr js the man to change the way the footballing side of things is run.

13.) 09 Jan 2022 23:08:37
Thanks for the replies ED002 ?.



27 Oct 2021 11:34:08

What would be the best outcome for Utd in regards to their current predicament?

I saw you augment they should perhaps look within and choose someone to perhaps take over until the end of the season?

Do they have anyone capable of performing such a role, I do realise the irony in me asking this when we already have OGS in charge.


Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Appointing someone the club doesn't want would be a huge mistake. Having someone work with Solskjaer or to replace him on an interim basis until they can get who they want makes sense. And that assumes that the club can identify who they really want. Ideally I think they would look to Pochettino but it is unlikely that PSG would be open to letting him go - unless they are attracted to Zidane (who wants that job in particular). Alternatively Southgate offers a decent long-term solution but he is contracted until after the World Cup - so the end of next year. If the club want to shake off the amateur tag and sort the club out properly - look to moving Edwards and Fletcher on and make a very good offer to Edwin van der Sar as Chief Executive, Marc Overmars as Director of Football and try to add Erik ten Hag as Head Coach.}

1.) 27 Oct 2021 12:10:32
Ed002, VDS, Overmars and EtH would be my dream outcome.

What are the realistic chances of that happening or is it just a pipe dream?

{Ed002's Note - About zero I am afaid.}

2.) 27 Oct 2021 13:46:41
Lets hope PSG fancy bringing Zidane in then.

3.) 27 Oct 2021 12:45:01
Thanks for info Ed002.

Apologies for reading too much into what you say but you start with talking about making the mistake of appointing someone they don’t want: am assuming then that they’re not that keen - or have reservations about him - about Conte? Might you suggest what these reservations might be please if possible?

And if Solskjaer keeps on losing, and there is no interim or internal solution available, might they just have to bite the bullet and and give Conte the reigns rather than risk having a disasterous season while they wait for their preferred option?

Thanks again for any knowledge you feel able to impart.

{Ed002's Note - Antonio Conte is an outstanding tactical coach but he is very obstinate who won't be a good fit with the management nor a number of the players.}

4.) 27 Oct 2021 13:12:27

Thanks for the reply. The club has a feel of Liverpool about it during g the 90s etc. Clinging onto the past. I think it will take something disastrous for the club to change, most likely if/ when he club fail to attract lucrative sponsorship deals and perhaps a couple of years without European football.

5.) 27 Oct 2021 13:25:32
Ed002, unfortunately that's what I thought.

Would you be able to give a little more insight into the troubles behind the scenes at United.

Is it a case of a power vacuum with inappropriate people now having positions beyond their capabilities.

Or just an arrogance in what they do with little real understanding of the processes involved.

I find myself at a bit of a loss at how the club seemed to have employed people with little to no clue on how to do their job, then repeatedly make a mess of it and somehow seem to suffer no consequences for their mistakes or even appear to learn from them.

{Ed002's Note - Nothing changes. The senior management structure is still a problem. Individuals are a problem but the fault is only seen at the club manager/head coach level. Mr Mourinho fixed the scouting structure under Marcel Bout but he is not given the support he needs by senior management as the club stumbles from one expensive addition to another.}

6.) 27 Oct 2021 14:07:38
Caolan, they may want to do so to try and convince Mbappe to sign a new deal. I'm not sure if it'll make a huge difference but many french players want to work with Zidane. It was Zidane's intervention that took an 18 year old Varane to Real Madrid after he had a positive meeting with Sir Alex.

Failing that they do like to keep that french link so might just look to Zidane as an option. While maybe Zidane could tempt Pogba to PSG as he was the main person pushing for Pogba at Real Madrid.

Maybe PSG would consider Zidane/ Pogba as leading French players/ manager to replace Mbappe.

7.) 27 Oct 2021 15:02:04
I don't know as much as a lot of you guys about European football as I don't watch many games outside of Utds European exploits and I don't know much about this Ten Hag fella but I've thought for the last few years if any other club with a large budget were to recruit Overmars and Van der Sar they could pretty much recruit any top manager (within reason) and any top player would be impressed by their vision.

No reason it wouldn't work anywhere else than Ajax but VDS is a very impressive figure when he talks football, and Overmars is equally as good.

8.) 27 Oct 2021 15:31:09
Ed002, thanks. As always your insights are much appreciated.

9.) 27 Oct 2021 14:27:00
Thanks as always for the reply ed002.

Any chance of Laurent Blanc as an interim manager?

{Ed002's Note - Laurent would likely be interested if offered but he would want an option based on performances I would think.}

10.) 27 Oct 2021 22:16:11
Thanks Ed002, you’ve really given us lots of your time in this thread, thank you very much for all the detailed information- very much appreciated.

11.) 28 Oct 2021 09:21:15
What we need is a trouble shooter to go into United, tell them where they are going wrong, how to fix it and then put the right people in place. Only one person is capable of performing this necessary task, Ed002, over to you.

12.) 29 Oct 2021 11:16:44
Gordon Ramsay Ed?



10 Oct 2021 11:21:13
Apparently Maguire will be offered a new contract.

Mad Hatter

1.) 10 Oct 2021 14:12:14
Good, while individually he has his faults we keep significantly higher percentage of clean sheets with him in the team than with him out of it.

It was even suggested his absence from the Europa League final may have impacted the result.

2.) 10 Oct 2021 20:12:46
Who made those suggestions.

3.) 11 Oct 2021 05:55:24
Maguire himself LU.

{Ed014's Note - ?

4.) 11 Oct 2021 10:27:44
Shappy's right, Lindelof let Moreno go for that Villareal goal. You think that ball would have ever made it past Slabhead's noggin you crazy, he would have put that in row Z.

5.) 11 Oct 2021 10:38:56
Decent center half but not a great/ world class one, we are better with him than without with our current options. At the same time I think we could improve on him but we won't he is just bout good enough, Shappy unless I missed it I haven't seen anyone suggest what you claim but personally for me the manager was at fault for that lost.

6.) 11 Oct 2021 12:13:09
I remember reading it in the Athletic, at the time I dismissed it. But in truth until we signed Varane Maguire was our best CB. Sure we could do better and we have in signing Varane.

But if we think about it logically of course not having your best CB in a final is going to negatively impact your chances. Maybe we wouldn't have conceded with Maguire maybe we still would have. Maybe Maguire might have made a telling difference, maybe he wouldn't.

Yet if you ask any manager what they want heading into a a final all of them will say they want their best players fit and available.



07 Apr 2021 11:37:02

Have Utd shown any interest in Vazquez from RM?

If they are, do you think he woikd be a good signing?

Thanks in advance.

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Lucas Vazquez (RW/RM/RWB) out of contract in the summer. Prior interest of Liverpool has gone. Spurs and Leeds are keen and Bayern Munich may offer him a role as cover. Agent has spoken to other sides including Manchester United but it seems unlikely they would be interested to me unless it is as cover for AWB as a wing back or at RW. It had been expected that a new contract would be agreed with ease as he has been playing regularly this season but Real Madrid are still finalising their plans for the summer and there are a couple of unresolved issues to be considered first.

His advantage i versatility on the right. Downside is he is coming up to 30 and the demands to sign will be significant.

1.) 07 Apr 2021 14:24:53
Thanks ED002.



05 Mar 2021 17:56:08

I've seen today that Utd have been linked with Moriba at Barcelona.

Do you Utd have any interest in the player?

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Ilaix Moriba (CM) Barcelona fended off interest from Chelsea when he was 16 and the sustained recent interest of RBL who offered a structured career growth option when he turned 18 in January by explaining they would sell if his €100M release clause was met. He is playing in Spain, and for Spain, under the Cotonou Agreement - that could make it difficult for him if he left for Germany. I am not aware of any approach from Manchester United nor any idea what they would try to do with him.}

1.) 05 Mar 2021 21:42:06
Cheers ED002.




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05 Jan 2022 18:39:51

What do you think RR needs to do this transfer window. I was rather hoping to see a few ins/ out.

To stamp his authority, he needs to get rid if a few of the moaners.

Mad Hatter

{Ed001's Note - I have been thinking hard about this, to be honest it is such a big job I am not sure what he can do this window. I would say he has to move out at least a couple of the problems, Martial for definite, he has to go. The problem is that this is not a good time to sell with every club struggling financially due to the pandemic. So you need to be looking to offload players like Matic and Mata etc that you won't get much for either way. Then I would start looking at who is out of contract in the summer and look for a couple of bargains that can fill any gaps. Say Sule and Kessie, for example, as you do need a proper centre-back badly, Varane is just a faster Maguire, and some midfield presence. Other than that, I would say trim down the squad and give Rangnick time to work with the players left and see if he can get them playing. If not bring up some from the academy or back from loans.}

1.) 06 Jan 2022 07:13:18
Apart from James Garner, who can we really bring back from loan?
Don't you think Ed Ralf should stop starting these 10 players that are creating issues.
If some of them are regulars and do not start the Villa game, they can easily be made out who they are.

{Ed001's Note - it is not that easy, 10 players is a lot and sometimes you only need to remove the ringleaders to fix an issue. It took Ferguson a lot of years to fix a similar problem when he took over, I am not sure that anyone can expect this fix to be done in one or two seasons.}

2.) 06 Jan 2022 08:21:42
Thanks for the reply ED001. The club must get things right this time. They need to plan for the long term.

Writing this season off might not be a bad idea.

Realistically who would you buy this January for Utd?

{Ed001's Note - Kessie/Kamara and Sule. All out of contract in the summer. I don't think there are many other realistic options out there to be honest. Bissouma still has question marks hanging over him about his off field conduct and potential court action etc. Otherwise he would be the one to go for. Other than that, United look fine, it is just a lack of legs in midfield and a proper centre-half that you are desperately short of.}

3.) 06 Jan 2022 08:41:02
Hi Ed001, is there much coming out about who the ring leaders are? I think Newcastle offer a decent opportunity to move a couple of players out quickly such as martial and lingard. The situation with Pogba needs a line drawn under it and he needs to be moved on for the sake of his career and for the club to move on. As you say Mata and matic could be moved out to make space and free up wages. Bailey unfortunately can’t stay fit, Jones has had issues for years so you can’t rely on those two to get you through a season.

Who do you think the club should look to for the CB?

{Ed001's Note - there is not a lot coming out about who the ringleaders are that is reliable, it seems that everyone is blaming everyone else.

As for centre-back, if it was outright choice of anyone, I would suggest Kounde would be the best suited to the Rangnick way.}

4.) 06 Jan 2022 08:49:29
Interesting replies ed001- who do you think are the ringleaders you mention? I would guess PP name would crop up in an opinion pole but to be fair, I read a piece yesterday that would exonerate him somewhat which briefly pointed out that unlike auba, kane among others he has been a "model" pro by his actions. Personally and by their attitudes on the pitch, I would guess that bruno and ronaldo are the principal players who have influenced rash, greenwood and sancho, with the first being ridiculously low on confidence and output.

{Ed001's Note - I would suggest that Ronaldo is the problem personally. Professional as he is in terms of his individual attitude to training, he is not team-centric at all. Juve were very happy to offload him.}

5.) 06 Jan 2022 09:00:50
The club won't bring rr in to then say oh its not working ralf, some players can't adapt, think this project won't work

Let him do what needs to be done if thst means some of the better players need to leave then so be it,

What we don't want to do is get on rr back he's here to sort the mess out.

6.) 06 Jan 2022 10:00:54
This feels like we're in the middle of another rebuild unfortunately and it's likely that we are going to see some more dross before we see a lot of good.

Some of the squad turnover should be straightforward by the time the summer comes around with the likes of Pogba, Lingard, Cavani and Mata out of contract. That in itself should be a big saving in wages. Players like Martial, Donny and Henderson wanting to leave and who we should let leave on that basis. Plus those who we should be moving on like Matic and that leaves quite a lot of space for a few youngsters and a couple of quality signings to come in.

Kessie, Kamara, Zakaria, Sule, Rudiger and others all available as free agents too.

Hopefully Rangnick is given time and we don't have a lot of idiots who are calling for him to be sacked in February if we aren't winning for fun.

7.) 06 Jan 2022 10:48:52
Sounds like the club went of piste to sign Ronaldo to appease fans and to boost the club's value/ image and have yet again just shat on their own doorstep.

8.) 06 Jan 2022 10:53:29
Don’t buy into the rebuild stiff at all.

3-4 players out and 3-4 in who are used to this high intensity press and you’ll see changes.

For too long these players have coasted and will take them 3-6 months to adapt or leave.

9.) 06 Jan 2022 09:28:53
Hi Ed001, Kounde looks a great player but I’d imagine hard to get in Jan. What are your thoughts on Axel-Zagadou?

{Ed001's Note - I am not a fan and he has knee issues. Dortmund would certainly be open to selling him though Ed002 tells me, but I fail to see why United would want him.}

10.) 06 Jan 2022 13:17:38
I think too Ronaldo is one of our main problems and i am very happy Ed001 agree because i hugely respect his opinion.

{Ed001's Note - thank you Herrera.}

11.) 06 Jan 2022 16:22:51
You are welcome Ed001. Have a happy new year.

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate, you too!}

12.) 06 Jan 2022 18:43:17
I don't mind going through another rebuild, if the rebuild is actually done right. I would take a season of shipping players out, a couple of of years of bringing in the right players, of blooding youth if at the end of it we had a team that could compete.

13.) 06 Jan 2022 19:10:31
I agree oakbark.



03 Jan 2022 16:34:42
Fingers crossed for P. Jones today. Hopefully he has a good game and comes through unscathed. Whether you like him or not, the lad has been very unlucky with injuries.

Mad Hatter

1.) 03 Jan 2022 16:44:09
I’m hoping for him to make the full 90. A few mistakes, a few gurns but will still be better than Maguire.

2.) 03 Jan 2022 17:15:20
Good luck to him, but i'm not over confident with that line up. When traore comes on as sub could be a problem we couldn't cope with him at Wolves a tired Jones and Varane at less than 100% might not end well

Again DVB bigged up by a manager who overlooks him 24 hrs later. Will also miss Freds energy tonight too, although not necessarily Fred himself. games like this where Lingard might have been a useful starter harrying Neves and Moutinho.

3.) 03 Jan 2022 17:46:30
Traore did cause problems for us last time out but his last touch and decision making really let's him down. If he was at United he'd get destroyed on here.
He'll probably score the winner now.

4.) 03 Jan 2022 19:21:18
Jones one of our best players on the night.

Poor from RR tonight - selecting Matic and Cavani who both looked leggy from the very first minute and taking our liveliest attacker (Greenwood) off after 55 mins.

Christ how we could do with a midfield like Neves and Moutinho.

5.) 03 Jan 2022 22:26:34
This side drastically needs a worldy midfielder. Then another one.



25 Dec 2021 06:40:39
Merry Christmas everyone. Especially those like me, who are working today.

Hope you all have a cracking day.

Mad Hatter



14 Dec 2021 17:47:21
I know Rangnick likes to play a 4222, but he could play a 42211, with Bruno as a Number 10 still.

Mad Hatter

1.) 14 Dec 2021 19:55:19
Is this a fifa 22 number fetish site?

2.) 14 Dec 2021 20:37:07
Not really, he likes that shape as it forces teams wide around the outside which creates a trap to press them against the sidelines. While if they do try to go through the middle they are surrounded and can be pressed.

3.) 14 Dec 2021 21:02:30
Isnt that the same formation Ole played?

4.) 14 Dec 2021 23:23:18
Agree DSG, Ole played this formation many times. The problem we have is lack of quality or effort depending on the player. For example, Bruno’s general play has been pretty poor this season. He needs to fix that quickly if we’re to be a successful team. It’s all well and good popping up with goals and assists but the amount of times he gives the ball away is ridiculous. He does it in dangerous areas also. Rashford is even worse. The excuses will run out for him soon unless he really works hard to get back to his best. The less said the better. There is definitely an argument to drop these two but I would say Rashford more so than Bruno.
We don’t seem to have players who know how to look after the ball and lack composure. De Gea and Maguire at the back don’t breed confidence with the way in which they play out. Fred and McTominay lose the ball plenty. Couple that with Bruno trying Hollywood passes and Rashford not able to hold the ball up or running straight into his man, we get no real control.
Greenwood has fantastic composure for someone so young and really knows how to look after the ball. I don’t think it will be long until he’s a mainstay in the team.

5.) 15 Dec 2021 11:49:38
Bruno need to get back to basics and learn how to make a simple pass. He gives the ball away more times that Fred and Mctominay put together.

6.) 15 Dec 2021 17:07:36
DSG are you serious? The same formation really?

Like do you know how many iterations of 4222 there are and each one has a specific tactic and pattern of play that when implemented will look different to the observing eye?

7.) 16 Dec 2021 09:14:58
It's not the formation, but what you do with it that counts.

There was always going to be a difficult bedding in period with a manager like Rangnick.

His system and philosophy is pretty much the polar opposite to what the players have been used to.

His high energy, highly pressing style that is focused on working as a team and a unit is nothing like the sit deep, draw teams out, conserve energy and hit teams on the counter with long raking passes for our forwards to break on to.



10 Dec 2021 10:07:07
Hopefully that's the last we hear if Rodgers being linked with the Utd job. Fortunately for Leicester they get go in to the Europa conference league.

Mad Hatter

1.) 10 Dec 2021 14:24:56
Got to say I would have liked him as a manager 6 months back -each candidate has something against them none are perfect . Poch. Ten Hag Zidane. but I see what others have been saying, his teams fold like a hot mars bar at least once a season which is undoubtedly a reflection on him . Better than Ole but maybe short of what we need.




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17 Jan 2022 18:47:52
Expectations have been set far too high. We are in a period of realisation, where the club must sort out its structure a d next manager correctly or else find themselves as an EL club at best.

The club are perhaps fortunate that those who aren't performing don't have lengthy contracts. i'd imagine a few players will be sold at a loss.

The first step to success is to admit that they have got things wrong and address them accordingly.

Finally, time will, as always tell, and a trophy cabinet, be it full or empty, will be the way or measuring the clubs success.

Mad Hatter



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16 Jan 2022 12:04:31
I feel that club will be somewhat reluctant to buy players, given that a new manager will likely be in place come the summer.

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14 Jan 2022 11:18:35
DDG contract expires 2023. If he co tinges with his form, I'd imagine the club will want to extend his contract. If they do, I hope they offer him reduced terms as this has been his best season since he signed tha that new contract.

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12 Jan 2022 20:29:20
I rate Rice highly. However, given the price that it would take to buy him, I think it would out the club of trying to buy him.

Truthfully, the club needs an overhaul. I don't see the club spending £100 million on one player, unless to manage to sell a few players.

Mad Hatter



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08 Jan 2022 14:56:45
Thanks ED002.

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17 Jan 2022 18:49:33

Good post. I agree with you.

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16 Jan 2022 09:43:24
If Martial wants to leave, he needs to lower his wages demands for a permanent move to happen.

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13 Jan 2022 21:02:07
Is Maze Ngiak?

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11 Jan 2022 18:40:12
Welcome back.

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11 Jan 2022 10:19:11
Yea, I was fuming. If that was Cavani he would have bust a gut to get to the ball.

Mad Hatter