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13 Jul 2021 18:00:20
Couple of rumours about United putting in a bid for Moriba from Barca. Don’t know much about him, seems he’s stalling on a contract at Barcelona and I guess with their current rumoured financial situation then this may have some legs. Anyone know much about him?


{Ed002's Note - Ilaix Moriba (CM) Barcelona fended off interest from Chelsea when he was 16 and the sustained recent interest of RBL who offered a structured career growth option when he turned 18 in January by explaining they would sell if his €100M release clause was met. He is playing in Spain, and for Spain, initially under the Cotonou Agreement. I am not aware of any offer from Manchester United nor any idea what they would try to do with him but they and others have sent scouts to watch him.}



09 May 2019 17:55:31
This Director of Football rumour mill is just another example of the absolute shambles we have going on internally at the club.
We were linked with some experienced, proven DoF such as the fella's from Roma and Juve, Van Der Saar, Luis Campos who done exciting things at Monaco, even an internal appointment like Marcel Bout but now I have read Rio's name and Fletcher's name. The mind boggles.

Personally I am still happy with Solskjaer, it is so easy to say we should have gone for Poch now they are in the final however, recent form in the Premier League seems to be forgotten. I like the way Ole has been conducting himself, I like the what he has been saying. People seem to forget that this is still not his team, he was brought in to steady the ship and he overachieved in this and suddenly people get carried away and think we are fixed. We are not, there are to many ego's in the team and to many incompetent individuals internally driving the club.

If we get the wrong appointment of a DoF then no manager, Pep, Poch, even the great SAF will have problems to turn this ship around. The otherside of it is if we get the right person for DoF, will they be given the autonomy for the rebuilding of the football club. My fear is not but either way we need a strong minded, proven DoF, otherwise it doesn't matter who is the gaffer, we will just fall further and further behind the 5 teams above us and more worryingly 3 or 4 clubs below us.


1.) 09 May 2019 18:15:40
Here here.

2.) 09 May 2019 18:20:23
Unfortunately Ports we have been liked with many highly qualified people as potential DoF, Luis Campos, Fabio Paratici, Monchi, Andrea Berta, Ralf Rangnick, Michael Zorc and Edwin van der Sar. As well as potential options who have never performed the role but could maybe step up such as Paul Mitchell or our own Marcel Bout.

Now we are being linked with Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher, Paul Scholes and Patrice Evra. All good players for us, but none have held a similar role.

For me this indicates that this DoF or Technical director role won't change much if anything about how the club is being run. We have approached the best and none want it. What does that tell you? Now we are looking at ex-players with no experience. This to me suggests that what we are looking for isn't someone to come in and change things and shake things up, but someone to come in and act as a buffer between the people currently running things and the fans. Someone else to blame when it all goes wrong. Someone to do the boring day to day jobs maybe that the current people running things maybe see as beneath them or a hassle. While the big key important decisions will still be made by the same people who have been ballsing them up for the last 6 years.

{Ed025's Note - i think your right there shappy..

3.) 09 May 2019 20:39:06
Good post Shappy and that's why the club ain't going anywhere.

4.) 10 May 2019 02:12:41
Guys I understand the thoughts but I don’t recall it being said that Fletcher would be the DoF. I think they were just talking ‘a role’ within the club. Given the recent diluting of United values and ethos I think having ex players around the club (who experienced the winning culture) is a good move. I like that management seems to have recognised this and is prepared to bring some back in. It has to be the right role though. A DoF should be knowledgeable about the job.

5.) 10 May 2019 10:28:34
Spot on by the way ports.

6.) 10 May 2019 16:22:38
Is it possible that the person that the club want as DOF is currently under contract elsewhere so they are keeping quiet on any rumours until the summer.
There appears to be so many different links for the past 6 months from creditable options through to completely left field.
I might and and probably am wrong but I would like it if the club are trying to stop these leaks out of the club and the work has gone on for the right person to come in.

7.) 11 May 2019 13:27:29
If we're going to have an ex-player as Dof, Roy Keane gets my vote.



07 Feb 2019 21:17:09
Anyone know much about Upamecano and whether there’s any substance to the rumours we’re interested in him?


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of specific interest from MU but many sides have looked but the asking price has put sides off.}

1.) 09 Feb 2019 00:40:21
Apparently we had an agreement to sign him but tried to change something regarding the deal last minute and it fell through. Sound like typical journalist bull to me though.



06 Jun 2018 16:25:00
Someone mentioned a Kohler sleeve deal a while ago and apparently the guy who brokered it let slip United have activated Griezmann’s release clause?! This was a while ago and just read United are about to announce Kohler as a sleeve sponsor for £10M a year! 😳.


1.) 06 Jun 2018 18:25:42
Was just about to post this. Has some legs as it was posted 7 days ago.

2.) 06 Jun 2018 18:17:05
Yeah I posted about it last week. It's a rumour that certainly has some legs. Maybe as an early Christmas present ed002 can put us out of our misery and let us know if we're still interested?

{Ed002's Note - The "release clause" for Griezmann is not anything to do with Manchester United.}

3.) 06 Jun 2018 18:49:08
Thanks ed. Have United been in contact with Atletico over a deal for the player?

{Ed002's Note - I have explained their interest in the apst. Right now the player is at the World Cup and no doubt pondering the Barcelona situation. AM want him to stay.}

4.) 06 Jun 2018 19:01:07
Thanks ed! If you have the time in the future to explain "release clauses" it would be amazing. I think the general consensus of them is X player has a £50 million clause. We bid and that's that. I think this assumption stems from Football Manager. Would love more details about it when you have the time. Cheers!

{Ed002's Note - Perhaps a reminder about transfer related clauses would be apt. This is a horribly complex area not least because they are written under individual national laws. They cause a great deal of misunderstanding with football supporters and the media alike.

The "buy out clause" is legally binding between a club and a player. The "buy out" is effectively what it says - a means for the player to buy himself out of the contract. As an example, if a player wishes to buy himself out of a contract, he pays the applicable FA (on behalf of the club) the amount of the "buy out" clause effectively becoming a free agent. The problem is that in most cases a player would need to obtain that money from the buying club - and this is fraught with issues regarding "tapping up" and, of course, taxation (as it can be seen as income for the player and would therefore be subject to income tax). There was a test case about the taxation issue in Spain about five years ago which is why they have an exception. All players in Spain and Portugal have a release clause that allows the player to buy himself out of his contract without tax implications. This was to address a ruling from around 30 years ago allowing players a way out of their contracts. It works differently in Iberia to elsewhere as the tax implications do not make such clauses viable. All players in Iberia must have a figure set and agreed with the club. So "buy out" clauses are very rare. Related to this is the Webster Ruling but I don't intend to go in to that now.

A "release clause" is far more common in that it gives a figure that the club would accept for the sale of a player to another club - but it is not legally binding except where both parties (clubs) are in the same country (for the sake of argument I should say that football Spain and Portugal count as the same country as do England and Wales) for legal purposes. These are normally unreasonably high figures (Messi at Barcelona for example) introduced to act as a deterrent for hostile bids - and even then the club could easily block a move. However, if a club in the same country does agree to match a release clause then the selling club would be obliged to ask the player if he is interested - there is no obligation on the player to make a move. For interested clubs outside of the country, the selling club may use it as a guide but are under obligation to accept a bid and may demand a higher figure.

There is then the becoming popular "termination clause" which is binding between the player and the club and if met would see an offer from anywhere accepted and the player given the opportunity to make a call on a move. This overcomes the issues associated with "buy out" clauses as the money would be paid by one club to another and about the legal proximity of the buying side.}

5.) 06 Jun 2018 19:13:05
On another matter, I see Diogo is all over the Man Utd homepage, But no sign of Fred as yet . I thought it was all done and dusted. And who next? . I wonder.

6.) 06 Jun 2018 19:31:55
Rock - i asked the same question. It looks like we have agreed the deal with his club but no official signing.

7.) 06 Jun 2018 20:52:40
Fred passed his medical on Monday so unsure why there hasn't been an official announcement. Only thing on the club website confirms the agreement between clubs.

Funny article I read that Arsenal are looking to make a move for Fellaini on a free transfer.

8.) 06 Jun 2018 21:18:23
Its possible due to the player concentrating on Brazil where dalot isn't with Portugal!

9.) 06 Jun 2018 19:41:41
Ed002, this is exactly why I come to this site; a proper education. Thanks for the breakdown.

10.) 06 Jun 2018 20:04:13

11.) 06 Jun 2018 21:37:46
I thought it was because of international clearance? Whatever that means.

12.) 06 Jun 2018 23:34:40
Excellent insight into the world of transfers, thanks ed002, much appreciated.

13.) 06 Jun 2018 23:38:24
It’s quite easy to understand really.

14.) 06 Jun 2018 23:40:37
thanks ed02.

15.) 07 Jun 2018 00:02:05
Thanks ed002.

16.) 07 Jun 2018 00:56:52
Great insight Ed002 much appreciated.

17.) 07 Jun 2018 09:17:39
I would guess it’s related to him needing to obtain a work permit while Dalot doesn’t.

18.) 07 Jun 2018 10:39:25
Really interesting to read ed002, Thank you. Maybe one of us should forward this to the press I blame them most of the time for people's misunderstanding of transfer issues.

{Ed002's Note - They are on "red alert" waiting for it.}



21 Jun 2016 11:41:10
Hi Ed's, can you confirm the rumours regarding the Manchester City Rumour Page approaching Ronnie to sign for them til the end of the summer transfer window?


{Ed001's Note - it is done deal, just awaiting Ronnie's signature on the dotted line....}

1.) 21 Jun 2016 12:17:27
I lead a sad life unfortunately Ports and Manchester United is my one and only love!

I may annoy a lot or if not all of you, but, I'm here! Sorry!


2.) 21 Jun 2016 12:37:26
Ha, no need to apologise Ronnie, good to see a fan with as much passion as you do.

3.) 21 Jun 2016 12:47:30
Cheers Ports! 👍.

4.) 21 Jun 2016 13:02:51

Keep posting buddy. Fans like you and fresh add a lot of value to the site.

5.) 21 Jun 2016 13:12:38
Keep going Ronnie, to be honest you are not doing anything different from most of the tabloids. taking a punt on a player coming in with the hope that one of them is correct. Then they can claim an exclusive.
Your suggestions are just a little more random and I don't know most of them.
I enjoy everyone on here, regardless of whether we agree. Beauty of being a fan. we have differing opinions.

6.) 21 Jun 2016 13:26:22
Keep it up Ronnie. Got to admire how you have got under the skin of a minority.

7.) 21 Jun 2016 14:33:00
How about Ronnie for England?

8.) 21 Jun 2016 16:25:04
Aaaaarrrrrgggghhhhh, matron!

9.) 22 Jun 2016 08:34:12
Top stuff Ronnie and Tony😀😀.




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28 Aug 2021 10:18:08
Well that was one of the most bizarre and exciting days in the transfer window as a United fan for a long time and waking up, I enjoyed every moment of it although I didn’t get much work done 😆

Ken posted an interesting question about the captaincy which is something I had thought about and my thoughts are that he shouldn’t be given the captaincy as I think Ole has created a good atmosphere amongst the players now and it would undermine Maguire I feel, HOWEVER, if I were Maguire, I would offer it to Ronaldo. I think it would do so much for Maguire and some of the fans that potentially still question him and also gets Maguire back to just defending and creating a really good partnership with Varane which will be so important for us if we are to be successful.

Ronaldo will lead anyway as does Fernades and I’d fully expect Maguire to and Varane, Pogba but that Captains armband does bring more pressure but that would be something that wouldn’t affect Ronaldo.


1.) 28 Aug 2021 11:05:28
Agree ports that's sort of where I was coming from before mad chris jumped the gun🤣
If I was maguire I'd be sitting in the dressing room with the captains armband on knowing that nobody really sees me as the leader. That's not a position any captain should be in. Again I state for mad Chris that this i am and always have been a maguire supporter.

2.) 28 Aug 2021 11:09:24
Why would Maguire do that? Ronaldo didn’t captain Madrid or Juve, why does he need to be Captain? We have leaders now all over the pitch, but Maguire is now captain.

3.) 28 Aug 2021 11:29:11
I suppose everybody sees it different ajh. If I was holding the captains armband but everybody looked to someone else I would relinquish it knowing that everybody sees somebody else as the real leader.
But that's just my personal opinion.
Some would like to hold onto it just like Jones did his no 4 but he is probably the only person that sees himself as uniteds no4.

4.) 28 Aug 2021 12:31:25
But Ken you don't know the dynamics of that dressing room, nobody on here does. For all you know they might all look up to Maguire as the leader of the group. Nobody is suggesting that the captain's of Madrid and Barcelona should now be captain at PSG, so why do you think it should be any different at United.

5.) 28 Aug 2021 12:58:26
Dont see why maguire should give it up at all. Also we don't have many leaders and haven't for years now . Too many people confuse Brunos on field whineging, Maguires pleading to refs, Shaws shoulder shrugging at refs at being leadership.

If we had a few leaders we would have won last seasons Europa final for a start.

6.) 28 Aug 2021 13:40:05
Some of you lot think your playing fifa on the Xbox

Hand ronaldo the captaincy get a grip, Maguire is a proud man not a door mat!

Likewise I don’t expect Bruno to let him muscle in on penalties!

Brilliant signing, huge lift but let’s not get carried away 🤣.

7.) 28 Aug 2021 14:03:54
At our peak we had leaders all over the pitch, Keane, Giggs, Irwin, Rio, Vidic, Neville, Cantona, Schmeichel, VDS, Rooney etc.

You don't need the arm band to lead, I think Maguire should stay as captain.

But that won't stop Ronaldo from leading.

Before Ronaldo signed Bruno was a leader on the pitch without the arm band.

Cavani leads by example, Rashford as well to a point.

The more leaders we have the better, it shouldn't cause an issue with the dynamics of the squad.



27 Aug 2021 16:00:04
Ken, whatever difference of opinions we have, I assume we are both hoping Ronaldo is signed in time to play against Wolves so we don't have to see Martial lead the line again! Haha.


1.) 27 Aug 2021 16:06:18
Ports it will be good to see him back but even better if that other chap goes in the opposite direction we can agree on that.
I didn't care if Ronaldo went to city personally in terms of him being ex united as i have no emotional tie with any player once they leave but it will make us stronger now and that's all that counts. I only care about united I see this as a positive move.



07 Aug 2021 09:47:28
Morning. Just reading Roy Keane - The Second Half. If anyone hasn’t read it then I highly recommend it. A few things jump out. He loves football, everything about it. Some players don’t have a love for the game but Roy Keane certainly does. He still loves United despite the way things ended for him and the club and is very honest throughout the book. He also thinks a lot of Solsjkaer.

The main thing though was that he loves working with the players. When he was made assistant to O’Neill for Ireland he said the number two role suits him and he loves getting on the grass working with the players. I can’t see if happening unfortunately but I think it would be fantastic if Solsjkaer got Keane in with him. And the book will make you realise he’s not all about fireworks and screaming and shouting. He knows players and how they tick. Never really appreciated the job he did at Sunderland. Think the team and players would really benefit Keane being around them daily. I just sadly can’t see it happening.


1.) 07 Aug 2021 09:59:27
I can't see it either. I don't think he creates a great vibe in the clubs he's been involved in managing. Judging from his 'bad cop' TV pundit persona, he's a bit angry. Dunno if it's just the character or real. I suspect the latter. No thanks!

2.) 07 Aug 2021 10:12:10
Exact reason why you need to read his book spenno.

3.) 07 Aug 2021 11:32:57
Keane has seemed to mellow slightly in the past few years. He was definitely too aggressive at Sunderland.

I'm not sure if Keane is the right man for United but I'd imagine he could be the ultimate "bad cop" to Ole's "good cop".

At United we just need better coaches. Be that Keane or whoever.

4.) 07 Aug 2021 11:51:31
Yeah coaches that know how to set up at corners. We are terrible at set pieces.

5.) 07 Aug 2021 12:18:17
Rohanarora, Eric Ramsey has joined the first team coaching staff this summer to specifically work on set-pieces. So clearly this is a weakness the club have identified and have attempted to remedy it. let's see how this pans out.

6.) 07 Aug 2021 12:18:30
Rohanarora, I believe Utd employed a full-time set-piece coach in July, along with a few other clubs. Supposedly Eric Ramsay will ‘work one-on-one with individual players and also take ownership over training on the side’s set-plays’.



16 Jun 2021 21:29:47
Guessing we all want Manuel Locatelli to solve our midfield dilemma now?


1.) 17 Jun 2021 00:31:30
Or that French CM who looked awesome.

2.) 17 Jun 2021 09:58:23
To be honest Ports, whatching Italy I was pre occupied by how I'm ten years older than Cheillini yet he looks like my Dad.

3.) 17 Jun 2021 18:50:46
I'd like prawn linguini.



14 Jun 2021 10:27:08
Does anyone know what the situation is with Inter Milan and them apparently still needing to pay the remaining fee for Lukaku? I've read that they apparently owe us 50 Million Euros and if they can't pay it they could offer a player of that value? Now this is all stuff from the Media so difficult to know what to believe and not to believe. Seems to be an awful lot of money owed though if true and if all other parts are true surely we should be asking for De Vrij or Skriniar to strengthen the CB position? Or is the media reports a load of nonsense?


{Ed002's Note - They were late on payments for two players a few months ago - Lukaku for one. They won't be offering a player. This is old news thatw as dealt with at the time.}




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19 Aug 2021 18:11:10
Just out of interest Shappy, how many of Raiola’s players since Ibrahimovic was sold to Barcelona in 2009 have been sold to Madrid or teams managed by Guardiola?




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08 Aug 2021 16:43:10
Halesini. You comparing Martial to Nani?! Not sure how much you watched of Nani but he was a heck of a lot better than Martial.




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07 Aug 2021 20:51:39
As long as a World Cup winner and 4x Champions League winner finds us an attractive destination, I think we might be ok 😆.




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06 Jun 2021 14:31:46
Why isn’t Laird being considered as cover/ competition for Wan-Bissaka? especially if the reason for trippier isn’t he’s more attacking then Wan-Bissaka. I get Trippier is more experienced but I’d be promoting Laird and giving him a few games over preseason and then throughout the season. Don’t see why we’d pay money for a RB. That money would be better off else where.




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21 May 2021 13:04:49
It's a shame Fulham went down. They try and play football and that would be a good loan for Garner to get Premier League experience too. Think Premier League is where he needs a loan to next, not sure what club would offer him that good experience and play in a way that would support his development. Maybe Norwich? Don't know much about them this season? Brighton potentially but would they risk a youngster to play regularly?





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{Ed014's Note - there are some seriously red tinted specs that get Varane over Dias or VVD.



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04 Sep 2021 09:12:39
When you are paying a player £250,000+ a week, I think a club would be reluctant to let them go and play in a tournament like that, if it was up to clubs they wouldn’t have internationals games I suspect!

Ronaldo hasn’t been in Spain for a couple years now, Messi has left Barca, Ramos has left Madrid, I think players are already thinking the Spanish league isn’t what it used to be. But on this, I think Atletico Madrid will be the team to watch in Spain for the foreseeable future.




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01 Sep 2021 10:22:09
Not sure they'll have or want a transfer window like this one for a long time! Well done everyone.




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01 Sep 2021 10:20:54
I think signing Ronaldo with a thought process of being a future manager is a bit of a stretch. I think we signed Ronaldo because when either Messi or Ronaldo become available you don't not attempt to sign them if you have a chance.

I guess Ronaldo's son will join up with our Academy.




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27 Aug 2021 21:15:59
Yes Ken 😃.