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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.



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
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02 Jul 2021 08:58:28

It would appear Utd have learnt from last summers dealings with BD. Did the club act in a more professional way this summer, as it would seem so, given how a deal was quite easily reached.

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - A third party helped and it had to be concluded early as I explained.}



11 Jun 2021 17:57:01
Due to the Financial effects from C.V., you would expect the club to be fragile with their transfers this summer.

I think that pursuing Sancho is a bad idea. There is his fee circle £86 million plus his agents extortionate fees plus what ever others fees that maybe involved. I'd imagine the combined fee would perhaps be in the region of £130-£150 million.

After this we will have potentially signed a player with an attitude problem who would prefer to sign for Chelsea. It reeks of the Pogba transfer when he preferred RM or Barcelona than a move to Utd, but only Utd were willing to pay over the odds. Clearly, we haven't learnt from this.

I'd prefer Raphinha, who would be by far the cheaper option, but also a player who not only has proven he can play in the EPL, but also has a better attitude aswell.

Alas, the club appear to be hell bent on name signings, than those who should be bought because they fit the style of play. What our style of play is, that I'm not so sure. Often OGS looks as puzzled as I do when I watch Utd play.

My biggest fear that a DOF who has been appointed from within, will be off similar mould to those that are involved in the day to day running of the club.

I had hoped for some shrewd signings this summer. But the club appear to be focused on glamour signing, popping open the champagne and looking like big ball players in Vegas.

Mad Hatter

1.) 11 Jun 2021 19:02:10
This is what I mean when I say the issues at our club go well beyond the manager and they will continue to undermine and destabilise the next manager long after Ole has gone.

Make no mistake the club wouldn't be half as keen on signing Sancho if the fans weren't protesting and #Glazersout wasn't trending.

Sancho much like Pogba smacks of lipservice signing, a big name shirt signing made to keep fans happy as much as to improve the team.

The problem with these signings are that they are rarely sensible. Often paying well over the odds for players no other team would even entertain paying such fees for.

There is a clear pattern with many of our signings falling into one of a couple of categories. They are either a statement signing, often bought for fees no other club would be silly enough to pay, often with the players not really wanting to join United (or at least not their first choice of destination) . Or they are hit and hope signings, potentially good players, but players the club seems to be taking somewhat of a chance that they become top players.

Either way the same issue remains, what was the thinking and planning behind signing them? How do they fit into a sporting vision? How do they fit within the stylistic function of the team?

We have often just spent way more than anyone else would sensibly pay for a player, Pogba, Di Maria, Lukaku, Fred, and probably Sancho.

Or we have signed players opportunistically such as Di Maria or Donny, players who might not have been first choice, players who you scratch your head a little as to where they fit in, but were available and sort of played in the area we were looking for.

It is how the club has spent in excess of 1bn in eight years and if they are lucky 2 or 3 of those players are worth more now than when signed.

I have said previously that this summer although not easy had simple solutions that could have pursued by a competent club.

Swap Pogba with Varane for example would make Pogba happy, Varane might take a little convincing, but it would save face for both United and Real Madrid who wouldn't lose a top player on a free or have to accept a low fee for them. While strengthening their side in an area of clear weakness.

If West Ham want Lingard and Jones then why would a deal for Rice be so difficult or expensive?

The problem is we have too many cooks and not one of them has a recipe to follow.

2.) 11 Jun 2021 20:39:24
Sancho would not be a panic buy, a galactico signing or lipservice to the fans.

He is simply a player the manager wanted to sign last season in a position we have needed to strengthen desperately for the past decade.

You can definitely argue whether he is the correct player to fill this right wing role but to argue he's a type of signing aforementioned is wide off the mark for me.

All this talk of an attitude problem is overblown imo as it is with pogba, seems like a humble down to earth kid who is just living his dream.

3.) 11 Jun 2021 21:40:04
I want to make it clear here that I'm not defending the owners or the people actually running the club. However I do sometimes think they have an impossible job, because plenty of fans aren't happy no matter what.

We see reactions like this, criticising the pursuit of a big name high profile signing, for being a statement signing. But look at the way people reacted to suggestions we might be interested in Winks or should have been looking at Buendia, both players who would improve the squad without costing a huge amount.

It seems like no matter who we sign, it will either be an overpriced statement signing or a lack of ambition.

4.) 11 Jun 2021 22:57:18
You got it Thorn. That is exactly how it is! Enjoy the ride. Role on window closing time!

5.) 11 Jun 2021 23:29:47
Spot on Thorne, the internet is just full of people moaning about things they have no control over and arguing with strangers when they disagree, real life is actually quite different.

6.) 11 Jun 2021 23:58:57
We’ve needed a quality addition on the right hand side for years. Sancho is that player. He can also play on the Left to ease the burden on Rashford. Quality addition.

The finance team at Utd know their demonetised situation better than us guys. Leave them to do their job.

7.) 12 Jun 2021 05:34:08
Got to agree. Sancho is an awful lot of money. But he is one of the best inEurope in his position-something we desperately need, and also has the very rare ability to get fans off their seats and create a buzz with an end product . hard to put a price on that, and he will be a starter. not a squad player which is what we need quality over quantity.

Moyes thinks Rice is worth over 100 mill, Villa are talking 125 mill plus for Grealish say the tabloids . all sense of value is now just out the window .

Like many have said for 3-4 years -trim the squad and get a few quid in and salaries off the books and it will really take the sting out of purchases . Jones, Mata, matic, perreria, dalot, lingard tuanzebe, one of the keepers . and in next 12-18 months maybe Pogba, Fred, Martial Bailly/ Lindelof.

8.) 12 Jun 2021 11:29:15
Gds2 you have no control over the owners but moan regularly about them. Is that not real life or is that just pretend?

9.) 12 Jun 2021 16:39:24

I don’t really think I moan about the owners that much, I said I understood why people were protesting, that’s about it. Don’t let the facts get in the way of you calling me out again though.



13 May 2021 10:39:40

Do you expect a lot of transfer activity this summer across the European leagues aswell?

Do you think it will be a case of clubs being more open to selling players to balance their books due to C.V.?

Also, if I can ask, what will happen to the monies owed to Utd when Inter bought Lukaku? Will Inter have to negotiate a new payment deal with the club or offer them players who they value at the same cost as the money owed?

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Across Europe there will be many transfers and a great number have already been discussed and many agreed. Inter were late on payments for a couple of players and will need to catch up.}

1.) 13 May 2021 12:55:51
Seems a bit unsporting that Inter have won their league whilst not paying for players who've contributed.

I'd have something to say if I was one of their competitors.

{Ed002's Note - That is not the case. It is simply that they were late with a couple of payments. There is no big deal.}

2.) 13 May 2021 17:09:19
Tha ks ED002.



06 May 2021 22:14:23
Talk about making it hardwork. Roma were unlucky to not go through tonight.

At least we have made it past a semi under Ole. Hopefully we can beat Villareal in the final.

Mad Hatter

1.) 06 May 2021 23:01:17
Wouldn’t quite go that far, they lost 8-5 and we never got out of 2nd gear tonight, especially 2nd half where we rested a few. They needed 4 more goals to get through, wouldn’t say they were unlucky.

2.) 06 May 2021 23:28:47
Ddg played great tonight but I can't agree that roma were unlucky not to go through.
I don't think 6 or 7 goals would have flattered them tonight but we could also have had another couple.
Decent game to watch for what was effectively a dead rubber.

3.) 07 May 2021 08:33:10

It's not how well you play, it's about taking your chances.

Roma didn't take their chances. Another night and we might have been pushed through to extra time.

4.) 07 May 2021 11:49:59
So MH if you miss your chances your not unlucky you have done badly ergo they are not unlucky.

5.) 07 May 2021 12:37:12
Cavani missed 2 sitters in the first half. One where he lobbed keeper onto bar, one where he blasted the ball at the keepers face. They were better than any of the scrappy chances roma created.

It was a dead game and roma were playing for pride.



18 Apr 2021 16:57:37
Why are Utd playing with 6 defenders. If Fred and McTominay play any deeper they will be sweepers.

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15 Jul 2021 15:16:04

That sounds rather foolish. Another season of chop and changing the Gks wouldn't be the best of ideas.

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - If they sell one or both the ituation will change.}



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04 Jul 2021 21:47:21
Thanks ED002.

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04 Jul 2021 19:03:29
Thanks ED002, It must be rather demoralising being a Utd youth player.

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - They need to rejig the system a little still but clubs are aware there will eb a need to move twoard more club developed players in the future.}



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04 Jul 2021 11:50:26
ED002, is there any news on plans for Garner?

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - James Garner (DM) It has been made clear to Manchester United that the player now wants to be in consideration for first team football and there is an acceptance that even with Matic coming to the end of his career they will look to throwing money at a replacement rather than giving him the chance to prove himself. This has opened the door to Nottingham Forest to consider him as an option - but they will know that interest from lower end PL clubs like Brighton will be joined by those looking to achieve promotion and build a side that can challenge in the Premier League - this will include the likes of Reading and Norwich.}



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04 Jul 2021 09:25:05

ED002 has said Camavinga won't be joining Utd.

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23 Jul 2021 08:24:36
Congratulations matey.

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22 Jul 2021 10:16:04

You've just reminded me of when I did C programming at Uni and how muchness hated it.

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21 Jul 2021 14:43:01

It was a report I saw which made me laugh. I bust my ribs playing football. I think the media are trying to make him into some sort of hero etc.

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21 Jul 2021 14:41:10
Do you mean Goretzka?

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21 Jul 2021 09:41:55
Accprodng to reports, he has played with broken ribs for a few games.

If you have ever broken, fractured, bruised your ribs, you won't be able to round a football pitch unless you are on some very strong pain relief.

Having cracked/ fractured my ribs before, I can tell you that it was very painful and hard to breathe at times.

Mad Hatter