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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.



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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08 Sep 2020 21:00:38

With Utd being linked with Telle and Reguilon, how do you rate both players?

Who do you think would be best suited to the EPL?

Mad Hatter

{Ed001's Note - tough one that, they are pretty similar, great going forward not so hot defensively. I have seen a lot more of Telles and he often looks good, but mostly I have not seen him put under real defensive pressure. They both look fast and strong enough for the Prem and fit enough to charge up and down for 90 minutes. I would have to say Telles has impressed more but he is at his peak and so should do! Also Telles is playing in a weaker league, so that might be why he looks better. But, on the face of it, Telles looks a better bet. The fact that Wolves have shown interest would also suggest he would be a good choice, they don't make many mistakes in the transfer market these days.}

1.) 08 Sep 2020 23:07:17
From what I've seen of them I think Ed001 is bang on the money. There really isn't a great deal between them, and they are very similar is style.

However, I think for United Alex Telles makes more sense. We have a lot of very good or promising full backs. Obviously we have Shaw (24), AWB (22), Dalot (21), Williams (19), Laird (19) then the two Spanish lads from Barcelona and Real Madrid who are 16/ 17 just joining the academy.

While on the whole we have a lot of good young players, but lack quality players in their prime. Arguably our best players are DDG, Maguire, Pogba and Bruno all of them are between 25-30 when players hit their peak.

Signing Alex Telles at 27 would add another.

2.) 08 Sep 2020 23:08:49
Thanks ED001. Wolves are fast becoming a Portuguese team. They seem to sign very good players.

What do you make of the Fabio Silva signing?

{Ed001's Note - from what I have heard they have got themselves a special talent there. It has to be considered a coup for them to get him.}

3.) 09 Sep 2020 07:50:53
Ddg and maguire are not our best players by any stretch of the imagination based on last seasons form.

But i do agree that with a young frontline we could with some more experience at the back.

4.) 09 Sep 2020 10:19:08
Hatter, I have a friend who lives in Lisbon and is a huge Benfica fan. When all the fuss was being made a couple of years ago about João Felix he said then (through gritted teeth) that Fabio Silva at Porto was going to be the better player long term.

He also feels that while Ruben Dias looks better on the ball, it is Ferro who is the better defender.

5.) 09 Sep 2020 10:02:31
ED001 they appear to have signed him for a relatively low fee aswell. He could turn out to be a bargain buy.

{Ed001's Note - looks like he will mate.}

6.) 09 Sep 2020 10:10:10
Maguire wasn't even one of Leicester's best players.

7.) 09 Sep 2020 11:06:01

Ole, “ “I'm delighted that we got Harry in, He's going to be great for this club. He was my number one target, and of course it took some time, but it does sometimes take time.

”I, more or less, made my mind up when we played Leicester last season that if it's possible to get him we should try, because he's so composed on the ball and he gives the team another dimension. ”

Are you saying our Manager got this wrong?

Actually I think the issue is who he is partnered with and he will be better with the right partner.

8.) 09 Sep 2020 13:13:54
I'm saying Maguire isn't good enough. What's Ole going to say, "we would have liked a world class defender but Maguire was really the only option on the market, so we had to make do"? There's a tendency to pay too much attention to what managers and players say in press releases and conferences.

I remember watching Maguire in the World Cup and thinking he was a liability, an accident waiting to happen, he appeared no better than Smalling. Nothing he has done this year makes me think otherwise. I actually believe that on his day Lindelof is a better defender and that Bailly, when fit and confident is better than both. I'd actually much prefer United to look at a solid partner for Lindelof, but that's never going to happen.

All the improved stats in defence, I would actually credit to the addition of AWB, that position was in need of being seen to for many years, not having Valencia or Young used as a makeshift right back has made a huge difference.

9.) 09 Sep 2020 13:35:19

We are all entitled to opinions, I don’t think Lindelof is good enough.

Ole didn’t say we, in the quote, he said I. That can be a subtle difference if you are not 100% happy. Maguire may not be the best but I want to see him with a better partner and judge him then.

10.) 09 Sep 2020 13:44:08
Yet, I seem to recall Koulibaly and De Ligt being first choice last summer. Koulibaly wasn't really available (or was for a very hefty price) and De Ligt chose Juventus. I seem to remember United only moving in for Maguire once De Ligt finalised his move. I think not being in the CL limited our options, and Solskjaer and the club accepted what was available given the circumstances.

I believe Soyuncu was the better Leicester defender and there didn't seem to be much of a huge difference between Maguire and Evans, and the latter was never good enough for United. In fact Leicester conceded less this past season.

11.) 09 Sep 2020 13:48:07
I think we should've signed a better partner for Lindelof red man. I think he's the better player.



31 Aug 2020 10:09:16
Ed002, with the Chevrolet deal expiring next year, will the impact of C.V. have an impact on getting a lucrative shirt sponsorship this time round?

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Yes it would make it far more difficult so the club may have to look for a short-term deal that might be more attractive. Perhaps even some performance based deal.}

1.) 31 Aug 2020 12:22:40
Ed do you happen to have any info on why we didn’t close the Haier Deal?
We’re we looking for a more lucrative one back then?

Thank you very much for your insights.

{Ed002's Note - I am not sure there was any agreed deal.}

2.) 31 Aug 2020 13:07:32
Should go to amazon and try our luck with them.

3.) 31 Aug 2020 14:47:43
or Zara.

4.) 31 Aug 2020 14:49:58
Thanks ED002.



25 Aug 2020 13:32:20
As always, the minority spoil it for the majority of us.

To all the Eds, thanks for all the time and effort you put into all of the sites. Not only are you all informative, but especially during lo known you have all provided us with some good banter along with the other posters.

Mad Hatter

1.) 25 Aug 2020 14:12:27
Particularly Ed047👀😂😂.

{Ed047's Note - you’re on the naughty list Scholesy! 🤣🤣



09 Aug 2020 12:51:18
Ed002 what are your thoughts o the EPL clubs overall voting against 5 subs?

Do you think it was a missed opportunity as it allowed clubs to rotate more players and perhaps even blood the odd youngster more easily?

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - It was expected. The vote asked for the change to five substitutes to be endorsed for next season but there were only nine of the required 14 in favour of it.

The objections were based on many sides having a far stronger depth of squad it would be giving them an advantage. If there were not to be a reduction in games next season it may well of passed. So it is OK.}

1.) 09 Aug 2020 16:04:37
Thanks ED002.

2.) 09 Aug 2020 16:33:14
Erm. Reduction in the number of games? Has a system been discussed as to how this might work?

This could potentially have a huge impact both at the top and bottom of the table if we end up in a position where team A might have to play Liverpool and City twice while team B only plays them once and has extra games against Villa and Newcastle instead (assuming both teams are competing for the same spot) . I can only assume we’ll end up with a system like the SPL where the table splits in half at some point and each side of the table plays extra games against teams in the same half.

Does this mean that Premier League teams will only play 28 league games each next season?

{Ed002's Note - No, you have missed the point. There is no reduction in PL games.}

3.) 09 Aug 2020 17:12:19
I think the reduction in games will be EPL teams possibly entering the FA cup later than round 3. Or the scrapping of the league cup.

I'd imagine there will be a change in the qualifying rounds for European competitions as this year's competition won't finish until the end of August, normally there would have been some qualifying rounds at the end of July.

4.) 10 Aug 2020 01:21:39

The qualifying rounds have already started mate.



05 Aug 2020 13:31:24
LASK tonight, it is probably a good time to rotate and perhaps give a youth player or two some game time. Romero in goal, bailly and Mengi at CB, with dalot/ TFM as full backs.

Midfield Fred, mctomminay, mata or Levitt. Up top james, ighalo and lingard.

Mad Hatter




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18 Sep 2020 13:53:56
I'd rather that he stays and Rojo and Jones are binned off.

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17 Sep 2020 20:56:13
Thanks ED002.

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14 Sep 2020 13:14:40

What are your thoughts on Williams?
He certainly looks a player with a lot fo potential. But if Utd signed SR then I'd imagine he would perhaps seek a loan move away?

Are there any plans to sell Shaw?

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any intention to sell LS or loan BW.}



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13 Sep 2020 10:15:38
Avoid like the plague.

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09 Sep 2020 11:08:48
Romero deserves to be a number 1. If he signed for Chelsea I'd wish him the best of luck. Anyone buying him woild get a very good keeper.

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12 Sep 2020 08:23:01
Big V,

Romero is a quality goalkeeper. I think we should be abke tog et £5-£8 million for him.

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10 Sep 2020 19:09:37
Thanks for the prompt reply ED001.

Mad Hatter

{Ed001's Note - you are very welcome MH, always a pleasure mate.}



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10 Sep 2020 18:17:57
McTominay is underrated. i'm not sure whether his best role is a holding midfielder or a box to box midfielder. He is a combination of the two, not sure if would class him as a central midfielder?

Ed001, which position do you think is the best for Mctominay?

Mad Hatter

{Ed001's Note - right now he is best in central midfield, he has yet to learn to read the game well enough to play the holding role. However, he will learn it best by playing there, so it depends on what the long term role is expected of him at the club as to where it is best to play him.}



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09 Sep 2020 10:02:31
ED001 they appear to have signed him for a relatively low fee aswell. He could turn out to be a bargain buy.

Mad Hatter

{Ed001's Note - looks like he will mate.}



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08 Sep 2020 23:08:49
Thanks ED001. Wolves are fast becoming a Portuguese team. They seem to sign very good players.

What do you make of the Fabio Silva signing?

Mad Hatter

{Ed001's Note - from what I have heard they have got themselves a special talent there. It has to be considered a coup for them to get him.}