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17 Nov 2019 12:52:43
Hi ed002, how's things?

Do we still hold interest in Bruno Fernandes? Seemed like a weird turn of events in the summer regarding him. We put in an insulting offer for the player and then never went back?

We obviously targeted a player for the number 10 role since we spent time chasing Dybala and Eriksson. It's very peculiar that we never revisted Bruno as he would definitely improve our starting 11.

Here's hoping that ship hasn't sailed.


{Ed002's Note - I would doubt Manchester United will be looking at the player again after screwing around in the summer. There is interest from elsewhere and Sporting have financial difficulties - and they may reluctantly sell.}

1.) 17 Nov 2019 15:21:12
Ed any interest in Bale from United?

{Ed002's Note - The situation remains unchanged aside from the loan option that has likely gone. RM will try to include Bale in a deal for Pogba - and if his price fits what MU value him at then something can be done.}

2.) 17 Nov 2019 16:11:41
That's a shame. He's exactly what we need and he is available.

Thanks ed. Enjoy your Sunday night.

3.) 18 Nov 2019 12:07:24
Bale? You'd have thought we would have learned our lesson after Sanchez.

4.) 18 Nov 2019 11:20:27
Okay thanks ed.



29 Aug 2019 10:34:45
Hi ed002. Hope all is well. Are there any of our fringe players attracting any interest from any European teams at the minute?



{Ed002's Note - Smalling is of interest to Roma who are fast running out of options. Pogba is of interest to Real Madrid but they are looking to someone else now. Rojo remains of interest to Fenerbahce and Matteo Darmian to Inter but both look unlikely.}

1.) 29 Aug 2019 13:03:24
Very kind Ed, thank you.

2.) 29 Aug 2019 20:18:42
Inter taking all of our unwanted players.



06 Aug 2019 07:24:03
Dybala deal back on after he finally had a meeting with Sarri? They should bin the transfer window altogether. This year has been the most tedious in memory.


1.) 06 Aug 2019 08:17:10
Where have you heard this, Mumbles?

2.) 06 Aug 2019 08:21:05
Mumbles, I think due to the many platforms accessible today, the transfer windows have become incredibly more tedious.

I'm sure that all of this went on years ago but news was only made available in the form of paper.

Now its everywhere. More rubbish than ever too. I'd imagine years ago, 'journalists' actually work hard to confirm and corroborate stories. So called journalists today are just regurgitating any news for clicks sake.

Man united are a big story and more is written about the club because more people will click on the story and the clicks mean revenue for the site.

Twitter is the devil during the transfer window lol.

3.) 06 Aug 2019 08:23:37
Apparently, Alfredo Pedulla (reliable in Italy, I hope) mentioned something is back on the table. Not too sure, though. I think it's just lousy paper/ journo talk.

4.) 06 Aug 2019 08:43:37
Some Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla who's close to Sarri said he's willing to accept our offer. How true it is I don't know. It may be Juventus' last attempt to force the lad out the door.

We'll know how true it is in the coming days.

5.) 06 Aug 2019 10:37:24
I quite enjoy the chaos of the transfer window. Providing we end up with the right players once the window has shut, I’m happy to go along for the ride.

I’d still be happy with Dybala providing he cane for the right reasons and gave his all. I can’t blame the lad for looking for a big pay check, but am a little worried by how big the numbers we are hearing are.

6.) 06 Aug 2019 11:04:28
A Juve fan friend of mine told me some behind the scenes stuff that triggered the proposed sale of Dybala.
Apparently in the latter part of the season, Dybala when to the training ground with a list of demands for an improved contract. Juventus felt his demands were not justified and decided to ship him out.
According to him he ll end up at Psg who already informed him they re ready to meet his demands.

7.) 06 Aug 2019 11:37:39
I don't see we returning to Dybala, he has already acted like a mercenary and will only complicate things if he is to come and join.
Saying that we did look below average in midfield when Pogba is not playing and when Matic is there. So if we can add a solid midfielder to the fold then we will be set. I still feel we will get one more first team player in before the window shuts on thursday.

8.) 06 Aug 2019 11:58:08
dev1i. lol Seriously?
sounds total bs.

9.) 06 Aug 2019 13:05:12
My auntie is called Flo and she is an old lady and her bingo friend Doris said that her butchers window cleaner said that a bloke in the Eagle and Child told him that you can tell dev1i anything and he will believe it . and i mean anything 😄😄.

10.) 06 Aug 2019 13:23:55
BFRO I thought it was a song and tried to rap till I saw dev1i.

11.) 06 Aug 2019 13:41:15
@Truedevil when it s too good it probably isn't. Especially when it concerns Juventus.
I think Dybala will soon be gone, and most probably Costa too. However they ll manage to get good money for them even if they want them out.

12.) 06 Aug 2019 14:06:04
Pedulla is the best when it comes to Sarri coached teams. The best after our very Eds of course :)

13.) 06 Aug 2019 14:29:26
I find the eagle an child a bit cramped. I assume you mean the one in oxford.

14.) 06 Aug 2019 17:10:25
No Mort Ramsbottom near Bury.

15.) 06 Aug 2019 17:10:40
Romano tweets definitely off lol.



02 Jul 2019 08:22:16
Morning ed002. Today the lucky player to be joining us is Dani Olmo. Have we shown any interest in him?


{Ed002's Note - Lots of sides have looked but turned away at the ridiculous asking price. Not the answer for MU but perhaps thay don't care.}

1.) 02 Jul 2019 10:15:00
Thank's ed. Is he well thought of or is it clubs drinking the Croatian kool aid?

Seems like United are being used yet again in the media to try and drum up interest.

{Ed002's Note - They are talking to Bayer Leverkusen about him - or at least were last week. Milan, Genoa, Crystal Palace and West Ham balked at the asking price.}



18 Jun 2019 00:27:56
Word on the grape vine is, Barcelona have more pressing areas in their squad than signing De Ligt. He's been advised against PSG. Looks like it could be between us and Juventus. If we could secure him, it would be a major coup. A young vocal leader is what we are desperately missing. Here's hoping we have some solid news in the next few days!


1.) 18 Jun 2019 07:14:24
The best move for the player would be to Juventus. Always has been in my eyes.

2.) 18 Jun 2019 09:41:29
Not sure about him. For the money there is better available in the market. Expectations on a child to pull a rotten defence together is not optimal.

3.) 18 Jun 2019 10:20:35
The best move for the player is the premier league, no doubt about it. He knows it, has already went on record saying it, the most competitive league is a good place for a supposed once in a generation defender to grow.

Unfortunately, we are not in a position where such signings ( along with Sancho ofc) who are targeted by Europe's elite will come to us. Mourinho and less so Van Gaal had the gravitas to at least show that the team is led by a proven winner and it s only a matter of time until we get back there.

4.) 18 Jun 2019 10:35:53
The best club for him right now will be Barcelona where Pique can guide him. He will also have FDJ for settling in.
Next would be Juventus, where he can learn from the likes of Chellini and Bonucci.
In the above 2 clubs, the main attention would be on Messi and Cristiano which means lesser pressure on him.




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08 Dec 2019 03:02:07
Wonderful performances from the players and the manager. I didn't think he could pull two results out of the bag, but credit where credits due. The Spurs game we played well, not outstanding but we done more than enough and deserved the 3 points.

The City game, the first half was incredible. We could and should have been out of sight. The only problem with that performance was Lingard. He simply isn't good enough to be playing top level football. A proper No.10 in his place and we might start creating more.
I thought we sat back a bit too much in the second half but we defended really well.

Ole was staring at two incredibly difficult games that could have cost him his job if results went South. The reaction from the players was great to see. Even though I don't think he's good enough for the job, those results have probably bought him a couple of months at least.

Lay down a marker over the next 10 games and show everyone of the doubters that we're wrong. There's nowhere to hide anymore. Performances like Spurs and City should be the benchmark. Hopefully the penny has dropped with Ole and the players.

Let's kick on and have a wonderful festive period!


1.) 08 Dec 2019 07:13:29
I thought Lingard was pretty decent last night. Agree that we need a proper No.10 though.

Also we were playing against City, can't keep playing at the first half tempo for 90 mins so we had to retreat in the 2nd half. We defended really well and were only undone by a set piece.

Can't find fault in the tactics.

2.) 08 Dec 2019 07:30:47
Why must we find fault always. Lingard was excellent last night - as was the whole team.

I think when AWB and Shaw empty their pockets today, they’ll find Sterling and Silva in there.

3.) 08 Dec 2019 08:00:42
AWB, My God, Nobody in the past 2 seasons have nullified Sterling as he did. Amazing defender.
The whole back line with blocks, interceptions, tackles and clearances. Top top performance.

4.) 08 Dec 2019 09:38:00
I thought Lingard had a great game, he’s picked his game right up.

5.) 08 Dec 2019 10:14:09
Really was a top performance and well done to Ole and the boys because I was not expecting to come out with 6 point from those two games. I actually thought Lingard was very good and his energy seems to work against the big sides. But yes we do need a bit more quality in that no 10 role. Let’s keep the momentum and the consistency and build a run.

6.) 08 Dec 2019 10:23:35
Yes 2 great games in a week for Jesse but some people have made their minds up so it doesn’t matter what he does.

7.) 08 Dec 2019 12:06:43
I just expect more from my number 10 than running. He offers very little on the ball. "Why must we focus on the negative" and then focuses on the one criticism in my post.

Anyways, really good week. Ole deserves a reprieve from the chopping block. The Everton game is now a huge one. We can't let our hard work over the last two games be for nothing. More of the same please.

8.) 08 Dec 2019 12:44:40
Fantastic performance in first half. And defended well without threatening in second half. I wish we can retain the ball better when we're in the lead to put less pressure on ourselves. Hopefully, that will come with more maturity.
On Lingard he had two good games GDS, but let's not forget that in the past 9 months, he's been shocking. So 2 good games is not sufficient, we need him to carry on performing 8 out of 10 in every match.

9.) 08 Dec 2019 13:35:50
gds he had a good half yesterday and 1.5 good games don't make up for being worse than a sunday league player for an entire year.



01 Dec 2019 22:37:41
Hey ed002. Could you please provide any information on how managers severance packages work? Are the managers paid th e remainder of their contracts if they are fired? Rumours that Pochettino can't work until the summer if he wants to be paid his severance pay?

Does each contract have different stipulations or is there a specific payment structure in the event of a sacking?

Thanks mate.


{Ed002's Note - It depends on individual contracts. Caveats are common - typically they only apply if a coach resigns but might also be used in other ways. So there is no fixed process and agreement.}



16 Oct 2019 12:35:00
Ed001, be interested to hear your opinion on what United should do going forward? Allegri, Pochettino and Blanc all appear (from the media's stand point) willing to consider the job if Ole is gone soon.

Given the state of the squad and running of the club, which one of those or a wild card would you think would best serve us going forward?


{Ed001's Note - for me you have to rule out Pochettino due to cost and the fact that he has shown a complete inability to win trophies.

Allegri is apparently quite difficult to deal with and that is not something you need right now.

So for me, if it has to be one of those, I would say Blanc is the best option. He knows the club, has great contacts and should be able to at least get things moving the right way again.

However I would suggest Ten Haag as a wild card or Gallardo the River Plate boss. Either of those should be a good step forward for the club in my opinion.}

1.) 16 Oct 2019 14:05:34

You mentioned Allegri is hard to deal with.

Can you possibly elaborate the reasons why he is difficult to deal with if possible.

{Ed001's Note - I can't elaborate as I never asked for details.}

2.) 16 Oct 2019 15:10:37
No eorries Ed. Have a fab day.

{Ed001's Note - sorry mate.}

3.) 16 Oct 2019 15:45:39
Ed002 has mentioned something similar about Allegri in the rumours page.

4.) 16 Oct 2019 19:00:23
Thanks ed. I'd say by the time we actually make a decision on Ole, Poch could be out of a job so that could throw a spanner in the works. Interesting choice in Blanc. Seems like the perfect blend of ex United, trophy winning, experienced manager.

{Ed002's Note - Why would "Poch" be out of a job? I see no reason for Levy to sack him - it is about desire and the cost.}

5.) 16 Oct 2019 19:02:25
I would like to see Ten Haag, given the Job. Done wonders with that Ajax team.

6.) 16 Oct 2019 19:30:54
Yeah he can bring donny van der beek with him.



13 Oct 2019 22:21:36
Our yearly wage bill has been released. £332 million. £85 million more than Liverpool, £90 more than City. Granted that was for 2018/ 19 season and we've got some high wages off the books.

Crazy to think what that budget could achieve if we had the proper structure in place to succeed.


1.) 14 Oct 2019 04:22:14
85mn more than liverpool is believable but I am sure the city folk must be paying a lot of unofficial wages that aren't on their books.

2.) 14 Oct 2019 05:59:53
Overpaid mercenaries.

3.) 14 Oct 2019 12:45:16
Stop blaming players for the club’s stupidity.

If the club is stupid enough to throw money at players who are either not good enough, not right for the club, or just can’t be arsed, why shouldn’t they take it?

4.) 14 Oct 2019 13:44:40
Danny. If they take those wages, they should work their ass off.
But what do we have?
Players with attitude problems and donkeys with little work ethic.

5.) 14 Oct 2019 14:13:41
Again, that’s down to the club.

They identified the players, they gave them the wages, and they can’t get them to ‘work their assess off’.

If you keep bringing in employees who don’t work and perform to their potential, there’s either a problem with recruitment, workplace culture or both.

We kept bringing in players with poor attitudes, and this is the result. Fellaini said that most of the young lads can’t wait to get off the training pitch so they can get on social media. This is a problem with workplace culture created by the club bringing in the wrong personalities.

6.) 14 Oct 2019 15:53:38
It s becoming clear now why no more players were signed in Summer.

The club decided it must balance the books first after the senseless spending in the last few years.

7.) 14 Oct 2019 18:34:18
I agree dev.

8.) 14 Oct 2019 18:35:26
Wow, what a wage bill. Time for wages to be capped and only topped up with goals, clean sheets and wins.

9.) 14 Oct 2019 18:54:53
What happened over the last year is that club realised that they have made a complete mess of recruitment over the last decade, but decided not to change any of their recruitment structures, and left the squad woefully short as they scrambled to get back some of the money they wasted.



10 Oct 2019 13:02:55
Ed002 you often mention clubs getting advice from 3rd parties. How does this come about? Are they ex pros? People with a good track record of recommending a player or manager? Or are they often just agents trying to get their clients a job?


{Ed002's Note - Typically they are well placed to help facilitate - so if MU were interested in a potential replacement for the coach, they might make an enquiry through a third party to find out if he or she would be interested in such a move. That may include talking to the coaches agent and could eventually lead to Manchester United making a formal approach to the other club. Sometimes they will take advice over potential options for certain positions they are finding hard to fill. Sometimes owners have advisers and some may act on that advice and some my not. Those involved may be ex coaches, some scouts, some agents - and some mau have been players at one time of other.}

1.) 10 Oct 2019 14:15:10
Much appreciated Ed.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}




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08 Apr 2020 16:26:56
He certainly isn't the final piece of the jigsaw Shappy. We've just about got some edge pieces identified. Liverpool seemed to have a free run at VvD and Alisson is a very good goalkeeper. Liverpool have a manager with a clear plan. They were rocking going forward and would concede silly goals. Shoring up the back was the final piece for them.

We on the other hand have some trouble at the back. But that might be down to lack of cover in midfield, again an area that needs addressing. RW definitely needs improving. Decisions need to be made about a striker too.

We've been poor dealing with clubs. Struggle to get decent money for our players and don't seem to have the basic skills on how to negotiate, Bruno being a prime example.

Chelsea seem to have their head screwed on when it comes to transfer dealings. The likes of Shaw in th past, not paying those wages for a young left back. We on the other hand will pay it no problem, slowly inflating our wage bill so that average footballers are now on wages that make it incredibly difficult to shift. When we do have offers for the likes of Rojo and Smalling, we move the goalposts at the last minute and not eventually selling them.

Chelsea want Sancho but not at that price, they'll walk away. We'll spend the whole summer trying to play 4d chess getting the price down, only to pay the exact price quoted.

We should make it known straight away we're moving on to other targets.




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08 Apr 2020 13:54:05
This is where a proper scouting department and manager are imperative. That figure for Sancho is ludicrous. He's a great talent with a wonderful future ahead of him but he's not the only winger out there.

Identify an alternative target (Shappy has easily named alternatives) that will fit in with the ethos of the team Ole is trying to build.

It seems we still havnt learned from our failings in the transfer market over the last few years. Overpaying on fees and our handling of the wage structure needs to be addressed. It would set again a terrible precedent to make a 19 year old one of our highest earners. You open the door to all our young players coming through to ask for similar wages.

Though I'm not that impressed with what ole serves up on the pitch, the work moving players on and recruitment has been refreshing. There is no need to simply go back to chucking mountains of money at our problems again.




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06 Apr 2020 12:34:51
Shappy it's best for everyone involved if he leaves the club. We could easily replace his stats of 1 goal and 1 assist in 2 years of football. His only saving grace is "He runs around a lot". And for me that's the bare minimum a footballer should do.

He hasn't kicked on at all. His off the field childish antics and his excuses for his terrible performances are not what we need. Him choosing Mino as an agent when the club are looking to not deal with him are another in a list of digs at the club.

You could probably easily rattle off 10 players who could come in and replace him in the squad easily.




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05 Apr 2020 14:23:33
He's a poor footballer DLIB. If he wasn't born under the shadow of Old Trafford he'd have been let go years ago. Just look at the difference a classy AM makes. There's a different aura around the team with Bruno is it. Lingard and Pereira were gifted golden opportunities to make a stake in the team and they've both been shown up.

Lingard should have been a senior member of the club reaching his peak now. But instead he'd rather act the clown and open a fashion label. There is nothing I like about the man or footballer. If we have aspirations of moving up in the world of football, players like Jlingz should be there first to go.




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30 Jan 2020 16:00:12
He should definitely be allowed to move but if his advice is to run down his contract and leave for free, why wouldn't we extend it and try and recoup at least some money?





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14 Mar 2020 16:41:52
Tell your missus you're faithful 98% of the time and get back to me.




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14 Mar 2020 15:38:05
They're not 100% deserved winners though because it's not over. If no more football is kicked this campaign, I as a fan wouldn't want the league awarded to my team.

Wyred, come up with all the analogies you want. If I did do the lottery and that happened, I would expect to be paid out for 6 balls. I wouldn't expect the jackpot.

Go into a shop and try and pay 98% of the price. See what happens.

Tell your missus your 98% sure you love her, see what happens.

See if the ball in 98% over the line, is it goal?

Laid waste to the league this year indeed. Do it again next year.




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14 Mar 2020 14:02:17
It's such an unprecedented scenario that all outcomes are going to be tarnished. If the league resumes in the summer, the integrity of the league is in question with contracts running down, players fitness questioned.

You often see games where there is a horrific injury and the play is stopped for a long period of time. When it resumes, it's never at the same intensity. There is always that eerie feeling in the stadium.

It's hard to be impartial when in comes to putting yourself in Liverpool's shoes. But would I as a fan want the league awarded to us without mathematically winning It? No.
Would I want the league awarded to us without finishing the entire league? No.

I certainly wouldn't be happy with the circumstances, but I would hope that the team and manger that many where hailing as the greatest Premier League team of all time, would dust them selves down and be ready to smash the league next year again. Putting no doubts that they are champions. No asterisk beside the win. Maybe I'm not qualified to answer that though because I havnt gone 30 years waiting for the trophy.

I do hope they can finish the league. If United aren't in the title race I don't particularly care who wins it. But I do think we have a great chance of top 4. Another year outside of the champions league may change our summer targets.

Who knows what will happen. In the meantime, stay safe and look after each other!


{Ed047's Note - there are no doubts for me and I’m not a Liverpool fan, they’ve laid waste to the league and are 100% deserved winners.

There is no need to tarnish or put an asterisk beside anything.

Had anyone, or more, been close, then a different story but they’ve literally been in a league of their own.



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11 Mar 2020 00:13:55
As of right now, Man Utd are the only club Jose hasn't won the league with. We're the stain on his record. If we had of backed him in the transfer market and let him get rid of the players he wanted, who knows what would have happened?

I wouldn't be writing him off yet. If Spurs back him they could be dark horses in the league next season if they keep everyone fit.

He's a fantastic manager, seems like a really nice guy off the pitch. Had a great connection with our fans and you enjoy the man struggling?




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03 Feb 2020 10:57:22
Mbd, do you see a style of play from us, fluidity, patterns of play? We still look like strangers on the pitch and the manager has had over a year. Honestly this idea that no manager would improve us is terribly disrespectful to any competent manager out there.