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16 Feb 2024 23:37:58
Ed, I know this is an impossible question to answer but if you could, with all rumours surrounding the new “leadership” with regard to football at United, how many transfers in realistically could you see at United this summer? 3 or 4 seems to be fairly standard for a “rebuild”, Chelsea last year was completely out of the ordinary but what in your opinion could happen at United? I appreciate this is a very ambiguous question.


{Ed002's Note - There will be a total of 16 departures.}

1.) 17 Feb 2024 09:55:13
Is that how many people are out of contract by any chance?

{Ed002's Note - No.}

2.) 17 Feb 2024 10:30:05
Are they all playing staff?

{Ed002's Note - Of course.}

3.) 17 Feb 2024 13:53:53
Never know if you’re playing with us or not Ed002!

Reports floating about that we’re interested in Mathys Tel from Bayern - any truth to these rumours please Ed?

{Ed002's Note - Mathys Tel (F) Bayern are not looking to sell and whilst there may be interest from Spurs it would not be as a Kane replacement. Tel's representative is a complete flake and has constantaly linked the player with other clubs and says that Manchester United scouts spotted him whilst watching another player. He has also cited Liverpool and Arsenal constantly ringing him. Marseille offered a return to France as a starter but his value has gone up considerably since then. The player has made it clear he wants to stay at Bayern Munich.}

4.) 17 Feb 2024 14:56:12
Brilliant detailed info - thank you for your swift and insightful response!

5.) 17 Feb 2024 15:28:15
Ed002 are you sure it's 16? Can you tell us if there is a liklihood or possibility that there may be a deviation from that number or if you can give an idea of timings of the 16 exits? ?.

{Ed002's Note - It will be exactly 16.}

6.) 17 Feb 2024 15:39:59
Can you lads not detect sarcasm. Ed is in the know but not a clairvoyant!

7.) 17 Feb 2024 16:05:34
brilliant ed002 lol. made me laugh so hard.

8.) 17 Feb 2024 18:58:43
If only the original post asked about how many departures.

9.) 18 Feb 2024 19:45:10
Lolll he fell for it that has to be the funniest rubbisht.



06 Jul 2023 22:44:29
Ed’s. With the rumours of the GK from the Japanese league, I was wondering if since ETH we’ve had a change of personnel within our scouting team or just a new approach directed from ETH?


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of the rumours. Onana remains the new first pick and a youngster from the US remains of interest to provide long term cover.}

1.) 06 Jul 2023 23:03:45
The lad in Japan was born in the USA, has a Japanese father and a mother who is from somewhere else. So he was eligible to play for three countries but chose Japan and has made his senior debut.

No idea how good he is ??‍♂️. Only 21 though I think.

2.) 07 Jul 2023 08:27:06
Brendan perhaps then Zion Suzuki is the USA youngster the ed is referring to.

{Ed002's Note - No. I have explained before.}

3.) 07 Jul 2023 10:55:09
After quick Google search for young US keepers linked to United, found the name of Djorge Petrovic, a 23yr old Serbian international who seems to be doing well for New England Revolution in the MLS.

4.) 07 Jul 2023 13:32:17
Big step up from MLS to EPL, but then again Ten Hag rarely change his goalkeeper last season.

If we sign Onana then I would imagine he would play every game apart from the eaely league Cup ones as happened last year.

5.) 07 Jul 2023 15:52:01
Great conversation about GK's apart from the question was really about our scouting system and set up. I was just using the GK as an example of what appears to be a very different approach to perhaps what we are used to and wondered whether ETH has given a different approach to our scouting team or got different personnel in.



21 Jun 2023 12:52:24
Rumours are Fulham are sounding out Fred. If this is true then I would certainly be going back to them and asking about Palhinha. Especially as Fulham have supposedly set an asking price for him now.


1.) 21 Jun 2023 13:38:44
90 million ports ?.

2.) 21 Jun 2023 14:21:01
Palhinha breaks up play and fouls a lot doing it. not what we are looking for.



08 Mar 2023 22:23:05
Mike Keegan, a sports correspondent who seems to have been fairly reliable recently on United news has reported a sale of the club could be agreed by the end of the month.


1.) 08 Mar 2023 23:22:43
Incredible news if true!

2.) 09 Mar 2023 07:40:06
I have a horrible feeling that the Glazers will stay.

3.) 09 Mar 2023 10:48:18
Reports in the sun today that they may take the club off the sales market. Basically no one has a clue. I’m in similar thinking to the above post and think they will stay, unfortunately.

4.) 09 Mar 2023 11:44:43
I think this is a massive worry for fans. I am choosing to believe they are trying to get higher offers from SJR and Qatar. I find it strange though that it has moved on to the next stage if you believe the reports. Can't believe SJR and Qatar would be offering all this time etc if they weren't confident of a sale? But you are right Tim, basically no one has a clue what's happening behind the scenes, haha.

5.) 09 Mar 2023 12:35:35
I wouldn't be worrying about the Galzers staying. I find the wording of "The Glazers may stay and focus of the driving the commercial side of the business" eh what have they been doing for 18 years.

The facts are that the two public bidders will meet over the next week or so to review the books before potentially making a new offer. Nothing has changed from the when the Glazers put us up for sale until now. No new golden goose laying eggs. I can't see why they would currently want to stay now.

This is all a tactic to intimidate the prospective buyers into paying more. The club will be sold.

6.) 09 Mar 2023 12:35:57
They will only sell for an inflated price which won’t happen so I’m afraid we’ll be stuck with the leeches
Was optimistic at first but not now
How much money do some people need.

7.) 09 Mar 2023 13:39:18
No one really knows. The papers need something to write about. They need subscriptions and advertising revenues. Clickbait. We will just have to wait and see.

8.) 09 Mar 2023 15:09:41
Exactly Mumbles, whatever we may think of them and however much we want them gone, they are not fools. They will let people think what they want in order to extract the highest price they can, I would expect nothing less from any businessmen. I feel sure they want out.

The one thing I would like to see from any and all bidders, is a clear and unambiguous statement on the future of the present manager. I have seen reports that the Qataris will want to bring in their own management team, including on the football side.
I find it hard to believe anyone could be so stupid as to do that and totally alienate themselves from millions of supporters. In any event who could you bring in who would be better. I personally would not want ANY other manager than ETH.
So although I don't think it likely, some clarity over the managers position would be welcome.

9.) 10 Mar 2023 00:13:00

Nothing has really changed so your optimism and pessimism are based on your own opinion and thoughts only rather than any knowledge of the situation.

10.) 10 Mar 2023 08:11:44
Personally, I think the club will be sold. The only aim for the glazers is to get the best price, and this is their tactic of doing so.
Why would they relinquish a portion of the club only to Invest that money in the infrastructure (redeveloping Old Trafford and Carrington) . It makes no business sense.



31 Jan 2023 13:36:14
Sabitizer? ETH is a rascal!


1.) 31 Jan 2023 13:40:34
Chelsea in for him too. Either they ain’t getting enjoy and he’s their alternative or they want both.

2.) 31 Jan 2023 13:47:09
But now Chelsea want to sign him to go with there other 25 midfielders that they are trying to sign in this window.

3.) 31 Jan 2023 13:52:56
I guess you got to hope the player will look at where he'll get most game time having not featured much for Bayern and it's harder to see that at Chelsea than United but obvioulsy there will be other factors. Hopefully ETH is the main factor behind all this. If not, we have Tom Huddlestone who's been playing U23's for us!

4.) 31 Jan 2023 15:02:03
"Marcel Sabitzer doesn't get in the Bayern Munich team. I know they've got a two cemented in midfield but if he was that good he'd be pushing.

Again it goes back to panic. There was no interest in him on January 1"

I hope this kid Sabitzer comes in and makes that clown Paul Mersen eat his words. I cannot stand him, how is he even still employed by Sky Sports.

5.) 31 Jan 2023 15:17:27
Souness on Casameiro . "He was playing with great players, he’s not a great player. He’s never been a great player. I see him as a steady Eddie who will help Manchester United be more solid in midfield.

“I don’t think he’s got any great range in passing. I don’t think he’s going to make other people play. The Real Madrid team, midfield especially, is full of footballing types. He’s 30-years-old, and at £70 million, that’s too much money.

“I don’t see him making then any better when they have the ball. ”

Carragher about Martinez . He looks a little too short to play centre-back in the Premier League. We saw when United struggled badly against Brentford – a game where Martínez was subbed at half-time – how difficult it is for him if sides hit long balls into the penalty area to a striker relishing such service like Ivan Toney.

These people are clowns, i bet Merson had never even heard of Sabitzer before today and now he's passing judgement on him.

6.) 31 Jan 2023 15:19:37
He is scared Sim. Last year Man Utd wouldn't have managed to get it done but now United are growing and these people are noticing.

7.) 31 Jan 2023 15:27:05
He does realise eriksen only got injured on Saturday. We all know we need midfielders but it was less of an issue until now. Can’t really plan for a season ending injury. Total muppet is Merson.

8.) 31 Jan 2023 15:38:02
Sabitzer news moving quickly.
If we sign him then it feels like the leaks from the club has changed as well as no one saw this coming. Whilst we have only just had the bad news on Erikson it feels like the club were working on this deal behind the scenes. if this is true I feel even happier about the club.

9.) 31 Jan 2023 15:40:39
Would absolutely love Sabitzer.
Just can’t help but feel we’ve left it too late. Fingers crossed.

10.) 31 Jan 2023 16:06:59
I like that ETH is not telling the press what they want to hear. His press conferences are great and most people seemed to think what he said meant we were not going to be doing anything.

I think the leaks is a great point although I imagine in this case, because of Eriksen’s injury this had to move quick and had no time for leaks. But I certainly agree in general the leaks etc seemed to have cleared up. Hopefully this remains.

11.) 31 Jan 2023 16:28:26
Sabitzer deal all done apprently he is getting on a flight to Manchester. Good signing?

12.) 31 Jan 2023 16:30:17
Merson probably got his house on United not too four.

13.) 31 Jan 2023 17:50:42
Grim - would be excellent.
Good technically (not Eriksen level but a hell of a lot better than McFred) but an absolute pressing machine.
Think ‘Fred with an increased ability to pass and score’ and you won’t be far off.
Just hope we have a permanent option.

14.) 31 Jan 2023 17:56:49
We were linked with sabitzer in summer. Good player and right profile for what we are doing. Loan only but who knows if he does well we might look to sign him permanently. Think him and Casemiro will be very good and means Fred can continue his current role.

15.) 31 Jan 2023 18:29:14
Can someone shed some light on what to expect player wise.

16.) 31 Jan 2023 17:50:42
Grim - would be excellent.
Good technically (not Eriksen level but a hell of a lot better than McFred) but an absolute pressing machine.
Think ‘Fred with an increased ability to pass and score’ and you won’t be far off.
Just hope we have a permanent option.

17.) 31 Jan 2023 17:56:49
We were linked with sabitzer in summer. Good player and right profile for what we are doing. Loan only but who knows if he does well we might look to sign him permanently. Think him and Casemiro will be very good and means Fred can continue his current role.

18.) 31 Jan 2023 21:27:24
I remember watching him a few times at RBL and him looking good. Haven't seen a lot of him at Bayern, not sure he starts a lot.

However it's January, Erickson is injured, he isn't McTominey or Fred, he available on a loan, I can't see much bad about this deal at all, especially at such short notice from when Erickson went down at the weekend.

We weren't going to buy big, he looks like he could do a job and is better than what we have already as back up CM in the Chuckle brothers.

19.) 02 Feb 2023 09:38:37
Merson's job is to say something that gets a reaction. United are still Box Office so slagging off a United transfer is the way to make hay. You are not going to get anything insightful or brilliant from Merson but you might get a twatter post that gers a lot of likes because it's what they wamt to hear.

{Ed014's Note - good job you weren’t listening to that twat Agbonlahor on talk sport this morning!

20.) 02 Feb 2023 20:40:28
Was it worse than Gary Neville talking politics? I did enough his glorious appearance on Have I got news for you though.




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25 May 2024 09:05:51
Interesting interview with ETH with a Dutch media company. Sounds to me like he hasn’t known for a couple of months ?.


1.) 25 May 2024 09:32:27
Ooooh don't you be doubting the encyclopedia ?.

2.) 25 May 2024 10:19:47
He makes some decent points, and backs them up with facts. The injuries have been ridiculous, but we've still been complete rubbish and ripped apart by supposedly lesser teams far to often to just simple blame injuries.

Was reading some generic comments on that article from random Internet strangers and someone said it might simply be him trying to attempt to control the narrative to save what he can of his reputation to help get his next job, which I though was an interesting perspective.

Regardless, dude's gone by tomorrow.

3.) 25 May 2024 10:30:43
What, you mean to tell me he hasn't known for months? But lots on here have told us he has known for ages.

Wafflers, wait until the club make an actual announcement before professing to know everything.

4.) 25 May 2024 10:34:25
For the sake of stability and forward planning, you have to think the club would have made a statement about his future, if he was staying, long before now.

5.) 25 May 2024 10:52:33
He has known for some time angel. You don't have to believe that its totally your perogative.

6.) 25 May 2024 11:19:56
Scathing of the British pundits, then proceeds to tear into the decisions of his former club in the exact same manner.

Weird interview all together.

7.) 25 May 2024 12:30:25
This is cup final day. The manager B/ S can wait. Couple of beers and snacks and hopefully the boys win a trophy.

8.) 25 May 2024 12:53:49
Fingers crossed banjoe. I'm bodily if not expectant.

9.) 25 May 2024 13:56:46
I think we can pull it off, but probably won't. I think it'll be a pretty eventful few days if the rumours transpire and EtH will probably be wishing he'd deeded van Gaal's advice to stay well away.

10.) 25 May 2024 14:36:56
I don't think he will regret taking the job Spenno. He has done his very best and done it his way 12 of the 20 today are his signings or youth he introduced. He has made 3 cup finals won at least 1.
He failed miserably in the league and Europe this season.
None of his signings have lived up to his or our expectations.
You can't finish 8th and say we are better off than a year ago.
Really hard working guy and I think he will have learnt a lot I hope he gets a good job next and I'd like to see him do well. He will surely have learnt some things that will stand him in good stead for the future.
Imo you learn more from the hard times than you do in the good times.

11.) 25 May 2024 14:47:30
We should be maestros by now then but we don't seem to have learnt a lot in the last ten years.

12.) 25 May 2024 15:41:16
You say it like you know ken, you don't ?.

13.) 25 May 2024 19:52:20
As you were.



14 May 2024 12:34:55
So Varane is off. Shame didn't quite work for him, like him as a player but certainly not what we need now. But with that news, I just looked up United weekly wages and if the following players, who I think we'd expect to leave do go we would be saving a huge amount of weekly wages.

Varane, 340,000. Casemiro, 350,000. Martial, 250,000, Eriksen, 150,000. Amrabat, 65,000. Evans, 60,000. Sancho, 250,000. Van De Beek, 120,000. Greenwood, 50,000.

Then if you include Williams, 65,000 and Lindelof, 120,000 that's a saving of 1,820,000 a week on wages. You'd hope the club will be capable of using that money a lot wiser moving forward.


1.) 14 May 2024 13:28:43
Hopefully Maguire goes aswell, otherwise he will leave for free next year.

2.) 14 May 2024 13:30:51
It's incredible the bad value we have got from them imo ports.
When you consider we spend over 300m to sign that lot and probably more than that on their wages. That list of players alone will have cost somewhere in the region of 600/ 700m over the last few years and delivered little or nothing really, and that's before you get into the Anthony or onanas of this squad.
If we recoup 100m from all the names in your list in fees before associated costs we'd be doing well.
On the brightside nearly all the decision makers are gone the rest soon to be gone. So we can only hope and I think it's fair assume that they won't be repeating these hideous decisions.
Sadly we will be paying the price still for a couple of seasons until they sort out this mess.

3.) 14 May 2024 14:03:01
The biggest indictment for that money is that I don't think we will see much of a hit to the first team should they all go. Yes Verane and Casimero when fit and well would be in but the rest will have little or no impact.
Side note, I am a fan of Evans especially as a leader/ mentor and would not object if he wanted to work on his coaching badges with us.

4.) 14 May 2024 14:31:58
He is a really nice guy Brad and I think he has lots of potential to coach but also he could be set for a career in within the media.
The world is their oyster these days when they retire thay have so many opportunities.

5.) 14 May 2024 15:02:38
Brad, Evans is certainly the sort of character you would like around the younger players. Certainly Big Willy and a couple of the others. I agree, wouldn’t be a bad thing for him or the club to stay and do his badges with us.

Also thought the same when I listed the players, what impact will it have on the starting 11, not a great deal!

Ken, I have a look at Palaces wages also and Olise and Eze are both on £100,000, Ghuei is in £50,000 and Wharton on £35,000. We could offer them all a £50,000 pay rise and still be in a better position. Obviously there would be big transfer fees but the point being, players are out there who could make huge impact on the team and I hope the new set up allows us to find and get these players.

6.) 14 May 2024 15:15:20
Shame that with a lot of these high profile more experienced players we've bought over the years like Schweiny/ Sanchez/ Falcao and Varane we've never had many glimpses of the players that earned their reputations. Ibra showed it in glimpses and had the character to boot.
Good luck to Varane, still young enough to offer something to a top team if he can manage his injuries.

7.) 14 May 2024 15:35:51
Think Shaw should be moved on as well, Spends more time in the treatment room than on the pitch, a good player when fit but that's not often these days.

8.) 14 May 2024 16:11:24
You could say the same about Jose and LvG, spenno.

9.) 14 May 2024 16:33:54
Maybe sack the clown (s) that agreed such wages, if not already done.

10.) 14 May 2024 17:33:46
It makes for dire reading.

We're giving out Real Madrid level contracts, without the Champions League medals in return. The club has had ideas above its station and has behaved in a delusional manner at the very top. No wonder our players behave the way they do.

11.) 14 May 2024 19:54:07
Massive wages off the books, problem is whoever comes in will likely be the same.

12.) 15 May 2024 05:19:54
Took the words right out of my mouth, Danny. Fully expect us to see us handing out ridiculous contracts again this summer. Hopefully, though, the players we sign are ones who will earn their keep and retain some kind of resale value if things don’t quite work out.



13 May 2024 10:52:12
Said on here a couple of weeks ago that I notice Hojlund slips a lot when he's about to strike the ball. Right in front of goal on Sunday on his left foot and I thought just hit the target and once again, slipped. Someone needs to sort his boots out or technique!


1.) 13 May 2024 11:23:15
We need an experienced striker or 3! No point in wasting money on CB's if we can't score goals, most important players in a team and generally the most skillful.

Hojlund is a prospect and after recent displays, he should be benched but we can't, as one of the biggest clubs in world football, we do not have a viable alternative to shake things up.

2.) 13 May 2024 12:36:48
Yep, he seems to slip at the vital time too often.

There was also a time where he had his centre back pinned, but rather than turn to and get his shot away, he moved away from goal and lost the ball.

I’m reluctant to criticise him as he’s a kid working u set very difficult circumstances. But I do think he lacks that mean streak the likes of Ruud had. He was the master of pinning defenders and scoring with a hard and low shot into the corner. This is where Hojlund needs to improve quickly.

3.) 13 May 2024 12:49:45
Don’t disagree but until we give him plenty of chances per game he will struggle to improve. He is feeding off very meagre scraps so it’s hard to refine those skills.

Hopefully we improve that as we provide very little with a full squad and is an area to be addressed, amongst others!

4.) 13 May 2024 13:16:47

I think he lacks that bit of spite and edge that the very best strikers have.

I remember during the Palace game, Mateta was marking him at corners and was full on bullying him - shoving his elbows into him and just swatting him away, but Hojlund was giving next to nothing back.

He needs to get in the grills of his opponents more, hopefully that will come.

5.) 13 May 2024 13:49:05
Ork, I noticed that against Palace too. I still think there's still room for a bit of personary such as the likes of Costa had, and I think that's a god trait of elite level strikers.

6.) 13 May 2024 18:34:06
He is a young kid being asked to play like an experienced pro and without decent support and service. Honestly Kane would struggle in this side. Give Hoijlund a break.

He needs an experienced older front player alongside him and wingers prepared to cross with accuracy.

If and when we fix the defence and midfield will be the time byto judge him.

7.) 13 May 2024 19:52:22
He is a bit clumsy and his first touch is not great. Makes runs into areas that there is no passing lane and better coming short in the box. Work in progress and first season in the pl for a new young striker always difficult.

Can't be looking to bang in it from 3 or 4 yards in and that where he usually runs to. Too many defenders and goalie for a pass to finds its way.

8.) 14 May 2024 09:27:29
I personally think that Hojlund has done well when you consider what he has been surrounded with, his age and inexperience and probably was not ready to be the number 1 striker.

He has a lot to work on and I think we will see a far improved player next year, especially if the team around him is buit better and provide him with supply.

If you look back at most strikers at his age, they all had flaws and developmental bits to work on. He is one of the brighter bits this year, let's not be too hard on him just yet.



11 May 2024 17:34:30
A CB to consider, Murillo from Forest. I always forget about him until Forest are on TV but from what I’ve seen, I think he’s a decent player. Might be a good addition.


{Ed001's Note - excellent player, except that he is very poor in the air.}

1.) 11 May 2024 18:27:59
I think he'd be phenomenal on the left of a back three. Quick, great on the ball, excellent at carrying the ball forward, good defensive instincts, fantastic technique. As Ed says his only real weakness is aerially he is poor. A back three would cover that somewhat, while making the most of his other considerable talents.

He should be top of any EPL teams list if they are looking to play a three at the back system.

{Ed001's Note - I think he would be a perfect fit for Man City and their way of playing, though that is nominally a back four.}

2.) 11 May 2024 22:44:18
He would be an excellent addition and maybe a good coach would help him with aerial challenges.

3.) 12 May 2024 08:38:55
Ed001, I agree I think he looks a Pep player. Although with Gvardiol and Ake I'm not sure they need him right now.

I think in a side that dominates the game like City do, that Murillo's weakness in the air wouldn't be exposed very often at all.

4.) 12 May 2024 10:42:10
You're right ed, he will do well down in League 2 with city ?.



09 May 2024 10:10:24
Away from the usual topic of conversation that has flooded the page for what seems like months now, the use of VAR and the technology for Joselu's goal last night was excellent, I really hope that is something the premier league are looking at, so much better and clearer than ''drawing lines''.


1.) 09 May 2024 11:06:09
Yes it was, wasn’t so great for the Bayern equaliser though. Protocol broken by the linesman and also with the VAR as they showed the disallowed Madrid goal to the fans before the ref saw it.

2.) 09 May 2024 11:25:14
That was all human error though Tim, the technology however is so much better, IMO then what the Premier League is currently using.

3.) 09 May 2024 11:38:50
I think it's a conundrum ports.
What do do with var and how to apply it.

4.) 09 May 2024 12:12:00
Wasn’t it announced recently that the PL is trialing the same method from next season? I’m sure I read that.

I can understand Bayern fans being angry last night. It was a bit dodgy showing the VAR footage on screen for the Madrid disallowed goal. I think the Bayern equaliser looked slightly off and I think that the GK stopped and perhaps would’ve saved it, but we will never know. Again a bit dodgy.

5.) 09 May 2024 12:32:34
They have started using live VAR in Oz. The ref is mic’d up and explains the rationale behind the decisions.

6.) 09 May 2024 12:40:16
I just don't think the rules support the technology we use. If your toe is offside and that's the rule, fine but you need conclusive evidence. The technology used last night offers that where as drawing lines doesn't. It's the offside one that I hate

The other use of VAR, unfortunately is subjective still unless the rules are clearly established and don't allow for any interpretation. I do think they shouldn't add pressure on the ref to go and review at the side of the pitch, if you have all the angles in the room without the atmosphere of the ground, you make the decision.

I just feel like they are trying to create perfect decisions and outcomes and by doing this they seem to be cocking up even more.

7.) 09 May 2024 12:52:33
What about the RM running onto he pitch when it went 2-2. That shouldn't have happened, unless the game has ended.

8.) 09 May 2024 14:07:50
The offside implementation of var in the UCL is far better than the premier league, clearer, more concise, faster and let's the game flow better. None of this drawing lines rubbish.




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15 Jun 2024 09:20:24
United are just chancing their luck off the back of Everton’s financial circumstance I guess. This summer will be about United working in the transfer market and trying to undo poor performance over the past how ever many windows. Everton know they can state £70M because previously United have paid those prices. £55/ £60M with add ons up to £70M would probably be fair in this market for a player who we could get 10 years out of.




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14 Jun 2024 10:14:42
Ahmad, does it matter that he is slower than the other defenders you mentioned? Does that mean he's not quick? Of all centre-backs under the age of 23 in Europe’s top five leagues, Branthwaite has the highest success rate in defensive duels so what do we make of that compared to the list of players you mentioned?

Opinions are fine and we all have different ones but I feel like some fans will turn their nose up at Branthwaite because he's not got the continental surname as the others. You also seem fixated on £70M, we have no idea what the fee will be which is why I said it'll be interesting what the outcome of that is. On the flip side, he plays for us for 10 years, that's a £7M defender each season.




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14 Jun 2024 07:41:08
Be very interesting to see the final transfer fee agreed if we arrive at one. Will show whether we have progressed in negotiations or not.




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12 Jun 2024 15:46:43
I'd have liked an offer of Anthony and cash for Olise. Replaces Olise for them and there is certainly a player in Anthony, perhaps Palace's way of playing would suit him. Sadly, I don't think either of Palace or Anthony would have been keen on that.


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03 May 2024 11:16:46
I think we need to consider also that clubs will still look at us as easy targets in the transfer window due to past performances and transfer fees. I do feel INEOS and SJR will change this over time and we will operate a lot better moving forward however the Summer window will, I imagine also involve us setting the tone of how we will operate so, I guess some targets we will walk away from and then it will be a case of do we buy others for the sake of buying? I'm quite excited for this window to see how we do but I'm not expecting as many wholesale changes as maybe some others. I do hope I am wrong though.





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17 Jun 2024 09:38:02
Ed, would you care to give your reason for that? I feel like I agree to be honest. I was thinking about the manager position and reports Ashworth would lead on who this should be and it got me thinking, Ashworth has not had any success from a trophy winning point of view with any of the clubs he's been at and the managers he has worked with and then when you compare players, Mitchell's CV of recruitment is far stronger than Ashworth. I'm not trying to discredit Ashworth it's just feels his reputation is better than potentially his career suggests? And all this is just a football fan looking from the outside in so what happens internally could be a whole lot different. That said, he is still an upgrade on previous personnel.


{Ed002's Note - Paul Mitchell is an exceptionally talented scout and football advisor. He has performed at the highest level wherever he has worked. He would have made the ideal DoF for Manchester United.}



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14 Jun 2024 23:51:50
I think a Casemiro replacement to partner Mainoo. I don’t know to be honest who’s realistic but I read Douglas Luiz is leaving Villa, so if that’s true, he’d be great imo.




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12 Jun 2024 20:09:59
I don’t think I agree with the idea Wilcox suggested playing Fernandes as a false number 9 in the cup final but I can imagine a conversation about getting the midfield more compact. I’m pretty certain ETH has played Fernandes as a false 9 before the cup final anyway so not it’s hardly a surprising approach. Essentially if Wilcox is doing this then give him the job ?.




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12 Jun 2024 15:33:57
Ken, perhaps the one they wanted wasn't what they appeared when they interviewed. Perhaps, this whole situation shows that the media and everyone on the outside had absolutely zero idea of what was happening or at least how it was happening and the simplistic answer was INEOS are interviewing to replace ETH.

I've reflected on the situation and with a new leadership team coming in to shape the football side it would make sense they interview a number of candidates because as you've said, ETH was not their appointment originally and with with a full shake up of positions, it's only fair the Manager's job is included in this and maybe after discussions, ETH proved to them he was the best candidate who hasn't had the support pre INEOS to get the best out of the team. And quite frankly, why did INEOS have to come out and make a statement on all of this? The media and fans wanted it but they are not obliged to do it and we and the media are not entitled to it.




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12 Jun 2024 15:15:30
I don't agree with much if anything that Redman and Ken put on here but I do think Wilcox coming in as technical director has had an influence on the tactics and the style of play we will be adopting. The club will decide now if we are going to be a possession based team, counter attacking team, high press team etc and when it comes to transfers, ETH will probably identify positions to strengthen but it will be Wilcox, Ashworth and co who will identify the player who's profile best suits the way we will be playing. I think this is why we have Head Coaches now rather than Managers. ETH will have a brief now and it will be down to him to implement this and when the time comes that he moves on, a new manager who fits the profile of how we play comes in and has players to work with rather than players that the previous manager wanted.