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Team: Manchester United

Where from: Northern Ireland

Favourite player: George Best

Best team moment: Barcelona '99.

Interests: Travelling, National Hunt horse racing, poker and golf

Timezone: (GMT) Western Europe Time, London, Lisbon, Casablanca

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08 Jul 2021 19:34:01
Ed002, I see rumours surfacing about Saul to Liverpool. Can you cheer me up and tell me this is complete nonsense? Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - Saul Niguez (CM) Nobody will pay his release clause but Atletico could look to a very high fee for a player who has a contract that runs for years in order to get his €300k weekly wage off the books. Bayern Munich's first choice to add for midfield and his agent has spoken with several sides as Atletico want to make very significant savings on salaries and could be forced in to a corner by the player and his agent. But Bayern see his cash price at €60M (or €75M on terms) and wages of €300k as too high and will want to negotiate - they will almost certainly turn elsewhere. He is being offered to the usual suspects who have money - Manchester United (who would need to offload Pogba), Juventus, Manchester City, PSG, Chelsea as a Kovacic replacement - many of which are looking to add a player in his position but his wages are a major issue for most. Atletico have signed his replacement. I am not aware of any approach from Liverpool at this time but he would be an excellent choice but a lot more expensive than other options.}

1.) 08 Jul 2021 20:05:20
Hi Ed, do United retain any interest on their side as one of the few sides who could afford it (if Pogba were to go) or is it more from his representation offering him around?

{Ed002's Note - Sure but they are intent on keeping the hostage and no moving forward right now.}

2.) 08 Jul 2021 20:39:54
Club need to look at the options unless Pogba is willing to sign a new contract (unlikely and if he did it would be astronomical) . No player especially someone like Pogba will give 100% in the final year of contract through fear of injury stopping the next big payday.
Bite the bullet, either use him as part exchange for Verane or sell to PSG. Then bring in someone like Saul as a replacement or top quality holding midfielder.

3.) 09 Jul 2021 10:08:10
gotta say, a midfield of Bruno, Saul and Camavinga would be awesome. With donny, Fred, McT and Matic as backup. Replace Matic and Fred over the next 2 windows with Garner and Mejbri and we are set for 5 years.

4.) 09 Jul 2021 03:37:27
Question for Ed002, if you’re around. You mentioned that the club can’t profiteer from a sale of Pogba due to having extended his contract, but how exactly would things work if they swapped him for someone like Varane? Would we still have to declare the ‘value’ of the deal and then negotiate with his agent or would it just go through like any other swap?

{Ed002's Note - All transfers have a value - even if they are exchanges.}

5.) 09 Jul 2021 12:49:45
Isn’t that why Barcelona and jive did the Arthur - pjanic swap at ridiculous prices.

6.) 09 Jul 2021 13:09:08
Ultimately all players have a "asset value" If United extend Pogba's contract only to use that to get a player in exchange then United will have profited to the tune of the value of that player.

So if Varane is valued at 50m then technically United have profited 50m from extending Pogba's contract.

The whole point about profiteering is that by extending Pogba's contract you are denying him and his agent the chance to earn a huge signing on fee.

Thus the club will have to agree to pay a large sum to Pogba and his agent if he is to leave this summer either for cash or as part of a player exchange.

7.) 09 Jul 2021 22:16:03
Cheers for the reply, Ed002.

8.) 12 Jul 2021 19:47:14
Isn't Varane in a similar contract situation to Pogba. In which case a swap would seem reasonable regardless of the nominal price attached. The profiteering aspect would presumably apply either to both sides or to neither.

{Ed002's Note - Real Madrid want cash, not cast offs.}



04 Sep 2015 22:04:29
Creme de la menthe! Parlez-vous Norn Iron?

How to speak Norn Iron (very funny)

1.) 05 Sep 2015 14:34:03
Cheers Eds for the accompanying video. I've never felt sympathy for the French before, but God help them if we do the unthinkable, and actually bloody qualify.

2.) 05 Sep 2015 15:00:27
Stickin out stevie




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27 Sep 2021 21:50:53
Just watching, Fever Pitch: The Rise of the Premier League. Aside from all the stuff about the Murdoch takeover, which fills me with pride when you remember the level of opposition to it, that rivalry with Arsenal. Still the best series of matches I've ever watched in the Premier League. 2 top clubs, 2 top managers, 2 top teams. Giving everything. Brilliant stuff.

1.) 28 Sep 2021 02:20:18
Best memories I have are of those matches. High tempo, high intensity and high quality matches every time. Ferguson vs Wenger, class throughout both lineups every time. Great call, Noucamp.



27 Aug 2021 18:09:01
I honestly wasn't fussed where Ronny went. I've tried to argue with the boy, laying out reasons for not signing him eg. wages, age, injuries, losing Cavani, not a position we need to fill just now etc etc etc

And he just looks at me, shakes his head, sighs, and says, 'dad, it's Ronaldo'.

You just can't argue with that logic 😁.

1.) 27 Aug 2021 18:23:43
There were a view posters playing this down when it was thought he would go to City. This transfer should bring a huge smile to your face. I can't wait to see him leading the line in a United shirt again.

2.) 27 Aug 2021 18:48:45
Yeah, I am happy Mumbles. I never warmed to him first time round compared to say Scolesy or Eric, while still thinking he was a great player.

I was just trying to have a discussion with him weighing up the pros and cons. He did listen patiently to be fair 😁 But you can't argue with a 19 year old's reasoning.



26 Aug 2021 18:09:17
No excuses whatsoever for failing to get out of that group.

{Ed077's Note - an easier group on paper but all good teams. Can't wait for the Atalanta games especially

1.) 26 Aug 2021 18:16:27
Villarreal will be difficult again and Atalanta won't be a push over.

2.) 26 Aug 2021 18:39:44
We aren't playing any of the top sides, but both Villarreal and Atalanta are potential banana skin clubs that are more than capable of beating the best sides.

We should comfortably get out of the group though.

3.) 26 Aug 2021 18:41:01
They're good teams, but c'mon lads. If we have any genuine aspirations to do well in this tourney, then we should be progressing from this group with a minimum of fuss. With the team we have, we should be going through as winners. Personally, I would be a lot more minded to see Ole go if he couldn't get out of that group, then finishing out of the top 5.

4.) 26 Aug 2021 20:50:17
Villareal are no mugs and have a tactically better manager than us. Atlanta are no mugs and have given some very good teams a hard time. Young Boys are the weakest on paper but football isn't played on paper. If our attitude is correct then we progress. If not then its Europa League time.

5.) 26 Aug 2021 21:35:52
Salford, 95% of the teams in the group stage are no mugs. It's all relative, when you look at who we could have been in with. All things being equal though, it is a group that any team thinking of challenging for the title, or getting a good run in this tourney, should be qualifying from with the minimum of fuss.

6.) 26 Aug 2021 22:25:19
Ultimately yes Noucamp. Just saying it might not be the formality we hope for.

7.) 26 Aug 2021 23:01:10
Sure, when is it ever with Utd, mate? 😁.

8.) 26 Aug 2021 23:26:15
96% of teams have a tactically better coaching set up than us too.

9.) 26 Aug 2021 18:47:02
Villarreal and Atalanta are good sides. I agree with Ed077 that the Atalanta games could be brilliant, however, failure to get out of that group would be criminal.

{Ed077's Note - on paper we should be favourites to win the group.

10.) 27 Aug 2021 01:43:22
Eric, I could coach us out of this group 😁.



09 Aug 2021 00:48:07
If you look at a lot of the posts on here since the end of the season, there seems to be a feeling that Liverpool and Chelsea finish ahead of us. Where do posters think we'll finish, out of interest? Personally, at this moment, before any other transfers (I'm thinking Kane to City) I think we should be challenging City for the title. No doubt Chelsea and the Scouse will be up there, but I think this will be a really tight fight for the title.

1.) 09 Aug 2021 01:31:14
Me too Nou

I think city probably start as favs, but all 4 could put a run together and take the league. I think we could be well in the mix for the title this year, very excited about the season.

I am the eternal optimist, so I say first place. Ole proves the doubters wrong, as do McFred who feature strongly.

2.) 09 Aug 2021 06:41:17
I would love to be optimistic as you guys but if the other top teams with better managers don't mess around I don't see us challenging for the title.

However, we should be able to win some cup competitions with the squad we have got. Ole needs to deliver something this season.

DodgyBanter, if Ole does get us challenging competitively for a title shot everyone irrespective of whether they are Ole haters/ doubters/ supporters are going to be extremely happy as all of us are United fans for sure.

3.) 09 Aug 2021 07:01:56
We must challenge for the title with the squad assembled.
Ole has now bought an entire defense.

We do have quality which we see in glimpses. The coaching staff must ensure we perform consistently.
Outwitting the likes of City and Liverpool are crucial for a genuine challenge.

4.) 09 Aug 2021 07:21:25
We have been to the later stages of cup competition and failed miserably. The Europa final last year was a cowardly performance largely in part to Ole s negative tactics.

However, we are also lacking in leaders on the pitch and have been for some time now. Coming off the back of the Euros I hope to see a lot more leadership from Maguire, Shaw, Varane, Bruno, Pogba -Trippier if we get him- and Rashford -good at talking and inspiring off the pitch . let's see him leading on the pitch. Cavani sets a good example for others to follow.

5.) 09 Aug 2021 07:27:28
Optimistically we will run away with it, realistically I think it will between City and Chelsea with Utd, Liverpool and Leicester fighting for Champions League spots.
CL is hardier to predict but I suspect that PSG, Bayern, City and Chelsea will make up the semi finals.

6.) 09 Aug 2021 08:42:13
We only play those teams twice each year. The worst they can is take 6 points from us. The managers main goal was to finish in the top 4 last season, that was evident in our performances against the top teams.

I have no problem going to Anfield, The Bridge, Etihad and play it cautious, but Ole was delighted with draws against the bigger teams. He was beaming after each match.

If we can pick points up in the lesser games, which in fairness we done well last year and we can turn a couple of those draws into wins, we'll definetely be in the mix.

I know I sound like I'm beating a dead horse but if our manager doesn't exude positivity and comes out with his normal clap trap "we're not in a title race" then we'll have the same season as last year.

He's been very fortunate in certain circumstances since taking over. Got his contract just as the wheels came off in his first season and should have been sacked.

Second season was saved by Bruno, a record number of penalties and C.V. hitting (though we did put a great run together) .

Third season ended up being the most MEH season we've had. 3 and half years, hundreds of millions spent, 20 odd competitions entered and none won. This has to change now and I think we have the squad to seriously challenge. Whether we can is a different story but it's all in the journey.

I don't want to be watching the last 10 games of the season with nothing to play for. I don't think it's too much to ask for to go into April in touching distance of th top.

7.) 09 Aug 2021 09:23:09
I think City are the clear favourites for the title, Chelsea 2nd in my opinion. I think signing Lukaku gives them a forward who will get 20 league goals which will make a huge difference for them.

Following that, I think Liverpool and us will be fairly close for 3rd and 4th which could end with either of us in either position. 74 points last season. We need to be getting into the 80's before we can think we have a chance of winning it.

Overall I don't think it's going to be similar to last season with the side winning the title being miles clear of those in 4th.

I want us to be into the last couple games of the season with a chance of the title. Even if that means finishing 4th but we're in the race. That would show progress in my opinion. Last season the league was done by the end of February effectively.

8.) 09 Aug 2021 09:24:03
No excuses this year mumbles. Very good squad available and should definitely be right up there.

9.) 09 Aug 2021 09:57:59
More than two teams can fight it out for the title, we could see a three way or even a four way fight for the title.

City are far and away the best side in the league and that was before the signing of Grealish and the potential signing of Kane. That is why they are clear favourites.

Beyond them I think there are three sides that potentially could challenge City (Chelsea, United and Liverpool) . Whether any of them have enough to keep up the pace for the whole season remains to be seen.

Liverpool have the strongest first 11 of the those sides, they also have winning experience. In 2 of the last 3 seasons this side has scored 97 points or more. Last season they were blighted by injuries and other off field issues. Squad depth is their only weakness, if they keep all their key players fit all season long then they will run City close. I wouldn't be surprised to see them score at least 85 points this season maybe even over 90.

Chelsea have a strong side as seen by their UCL win. They also have some good quality in depth in most areas. Signing Lukaku means they now have a top class striker, if they can sign a defender then they will be a serious challenger and should improve on last season's performances.

United have a solid defence, a great selection of players in attack. However we have bar far the weakest midfield of the four sides. That doesn't mean we can't challenge for a title, but probably means we don't have a realistic chance of winning it unless our rivals drop points they probably shouldn't.

10.) 09 Aug 2021 10:47:41
I would be surprised if any team other than City or Chelsea win the league.
Liverpool are up there but I don't see them as effective as two seasons ago.
Utd are still 2-3 first teasers away from winning the league in my view but hopefully have enough to make a very good account of themselves or at least win something this time round.

11.) 09 Aug 2021 11:01:59
What we know from last season is away results went really well but the points dropped at home meant we fell well short .
We started too slow in many games and often fell behind, however when we were forced to attack through going behind, away from home atleast we were pretty successful.
Itl be hard to match the away form from last season but there's a large scope for many more points at old Trafford.
We have added sancho and varane so hopefully we will use both sides of the pitch better now and hopefully ole is aware he got many things right away from home other than the slow start to games but at home he maybe needs a rethink on how we approach games .
City clear favorites for me but would be no surprise if one of the other rivals at the top put good runs together and made a fist of it .

12.) 09 Aug 2021 11:04:29
I really feel United could go very close this year. If Varane and Maguire gel and form an understanding quickly, I'm hopeful of a higher back line and a quicker transition into attack. Very excited about Sancho, hope he hits the ground running.
I feel Liverpool will be very close as well, IF van Dijk is fit and Konate settles quickly. That central partnership has a lot of potential.
They will miss Wijnaldum though and midfield looks light.
Obviously City will challenge. But where does Grealish fit in? Pep will have to juggle big time and might overthink things for the bigger games. Pressure will be on for the Champions League as well. I'm probably wrong but I think they might underwhelm in the league but win the Champions League.
Chelsea are a funny proposition. Lukako going back isn't a positive move in my opinion. Tuchel is an excellent coach, solid defensively and tactically but he needs to get the best out of Werner, Havertz and keep Pulisic fit and playing to challenge for the title. I just don't see Lukako, if he ends up there, bringing anything that will challenge the top defences. So here is my Top 5 prediction:
I live in hope anyway. Probably the kiss of death.

13.) 09 Aug 2021 14:07:56
Going to go out on a limb here and say there'll only be maybe less than 10 points separating the top 4.

Can't see Arsenal or Spurs making any real inroads. Leicester will be there or thereabouts again, and I could see them and Villa rounding off the top 6.

Think a lot will depend on how we all get off and running. Could well be a fair few surprise results in the first few weeks.

Have to say, I'm looking forward to it.

14.) 09 Aug 2021 14:18:42
Last seasons home form for us (and a few others) was the reason we were as far back from city as we were, in the league. This season should hopefully see an improvement especially with a full house at OT but the transfers of chelsea, city in particular, so far indicate that they are not resting on their laurels. Will always anticipate a good campaign but won't be putting a bet on the title unless something startling in the transfer market happens. Top 4 will not be a given, imo.



26 Jul 2021 11:51:49
If we do get Varane, from someone just looking in and with absolutely no knowledge of what's been going on behind the scenes, I think it's been refreshing to see a player act the way he has. No dramas, no leaks on social media, total respect for the club he's at. Sign of a good character hopefully.

Mind you, Ed002 will probably come on now and tell me he's been agitating for a move for years, and been a complete arse 😁.

1.) 26 Jul 2021 12:22:38
Agree Nou, The good thing is Varane and Sancho are the type of players which top clubs in Europe will love to have.

The squad quality is getting better and better.

2.) 26 Jul 2021 13:03:51
People will hate this, but if the fee for Varane that is being reported is true, we held our stance with Madrid and got a great price for him, we got Fernandes for cheaper by waiting and got Sancho cheaper from waiting. It seems we are conducting business better recently. People will say that we could have got Fernandes and Sancho in earlier but after a few years of having our pants pulled down in the transfer market, it seems we are doing a lot better now. No doubt some individuals will disagree though.




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26 Aug 2021 23:08:07
Brilliant read, fella. Even if this is all made up, and absolutely none of it is true, you've convinced me 😁 Thanks for taking the time to put it on the page.



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20 Aug 2021 12:53:31
It'll make a man of him. It was good enough for another one of our best right wingers.



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14 Aug 2021 11:20:22
Did Andreas not just win his annual 'player of the pre-season' award, and all?



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09 Jul 2021 22:16:03
Cheers for the reply, Ed002.



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05 Jul 2021 21:02:32
Hostage 😂.




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11 Oct 2021 18:41:45
Slate, it's nothing against the Geordies or drawing a line with their particular situation. I love the place, and the people are good working-class folk It's just a personal opinion on the Saudi regime. I don't agree with the UK govt, or any govt for that matter, selling arms to them either, even though I know it's all based around Realpolitik in that region. If there was a thread on selling arms to them, I'd be the first one on here criticising that too. As an individual, with no influence over govt policy, I don't see how it's wrong to call out a regime that acts outside civilised norms. Especially when it's obvious they're using things like buying football clubs to try and give their behaviour a veneer of respectability.



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10 Oct 2021 15:45:12
They shouldn't mix, Mumbles, you're right. But sometimes they have to. One of the factors in forcing the disgusting Apartheid regime to change, was a worldwide sporting boycott. It helped show up that lot for the racists they were. In cases like that, sport, due to its popularity, has a huge role to play in politics.



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10 Oct 2021 12:54:44
Good point MancMan. Roughly only 3% of our oil is imported from Saudi. Norway is about 65%.



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10 Oct 2021 12:15:40
Should people not have passed judgement on South Africa during Apartheid, because of what their own governments had done over the years? If that had been the case, that obnoxious regime might still be in place now. Should I not have been allowed to judge that regime because Britain was one of the main instigators of slavery 3 or 4 hundred years ago? Ridiculous argument.



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09 Oct 2021 11:37:21
As a private citizen, I can question, criticise and judge the actions of my own govt. And as a private citizen, I can certainly question, criticise and judge the actions of any nation that beheads it's citizens, chops up journalists, still treats women as second class citizens, and imprisons, flogs and chemically castrates citizens who dare to be gay. I haven't done any of those things recently, or committed any other atrocities as far as I know, so yeah, I can judge them.